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When Nice Won't Suffice: Honest Discourse Is Key to Shifting School Culture
Author:  Elisa MacDonald
Title/Position: Education Consultant with Teachers21
Location of Exemplar:  Oxford, OHIO
School/District/Organization: Learning Forward
Format:  article
The Exemplar will be most useful for: Supporting Teacher Leaders at Your School
Elisa MacDonald poses the question: How do teacher leaders help teams move from superficial interactions to honest discussions about improving teaching and learning? She goes on to describe how teacher leaders can help create supportive, collaborative environments that foster fruitful discussion and a deeper examination of individual practice. MacDonald suggests that by recognizing characteristics typical of the “culture of nice,” teacher leaders can respond proactively through skillful modeling and questioning. MacDonald also suggests various follow-up strategies to help teachers sustain continuous improvement.
Link to Exemplar:  http://www.learningforward.org/news/articleDetails.cfm?articleID=2282
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