Leading with Quality Questioning: Creating Capacity, Commitment, and Community

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Overview

Use quality questioning to bring out the best in your learning community!

Quality questioning is a process for engaging individuals in reflection, critical thinking, and collaboration. The authors demonstrate how questions, not answers, drive school improvement and growth for a learning community. This handbook for school and district leaders applies the principles of the best-selling book Quality Questioning to four critical leadership functions:

  • Maximizing individual and organizational capacity
  • Mobilizing individuals and groups to build ownership and commitment across a community
  • Mediating conflict by helping individuals find common ground and focus on shared purpose
  • Monitoring progress toward identified goals

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Editorial Reviews

Betty Burks
"A leader's job is not to have all of the right answers, but to ask the right questions—questions that help the team dig deeper into more meaningful solutions. Not only does this bookaddress self-inquiry for school leaders, it offers tools and learning support for leaders committed to improving and refining their inquiry-based leadership."
Joellen Killion
"One does not immediately think of questioning as a leadership tool. Yet the compelling and engaging strategies thoughtfully described in this book will make any leader realize the power of an artful question. This is an invaluable handbook for those eager to listen differently to people, enter into dialogue about sensitive topics, and structure opportunities for people to talk constructively."
Yvonne V. Thayer
"Walsh and Sattes have captured the essence of one of the key features of a good leader: the ability to coach others. Their quality questioning framework helps school leaders understand that the way they structure a question can be the key to building organizational capacity."
Betsy Rogers
"A must-read for all school leaders.This practical guide on how to create an inquiry-oriented approach to decision makingenables adult learners in the school to sustain school improvement and that fosters a higher level of thinking that will benefit students, parents, and the community."
Christopher Corallo
"The focus of the book complements the work we are currently doing in our school district to create reflective practitioners. For the past year we have been training our school administrators and teacher leaders in how to support the professional growth of our faculty by using coaching language. The concept of applying quality questioning provides the perfect vehicle for furthering our work in reflective practice! The Leading through Quality Questioning Framework is a clear and concise way to get the big picture of how questioning can be used to foster a culture of continuous improvement. The chapters that follow allow the reader to put the meat on the bones of the framework!"
Jim Knight
“This is a wise, practical, and inspiring work that offers great advice on how leaders can keep inquiry at the heart of adult learning. Any coach, principal, or superintendent who is interested in accelerating professional learning will find this book useful.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412960618
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/20/2010
  • Pages: 125
  • Sales rank: 618,461
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Learn more about Jackie Walsh's PD offerings

Jackie Acree Walsh is a co-developer with Beth Dankert Sattes of Questioning and Understanding to Improve Learning and Thinking (QUILT), a nationally validated professional development program on effective questioning. They are also co-authors of Inside School Improvement (2000) and co-presenters of the Video Journal in Education series Questioning to Stimulate Thinking (1999). These two former classroom teachers have trained hundreds of administrators and teachers across the nation in effective questioning. Their other joint ventures have focused on creating effective professional development for educators, sharing leadership for continuous school improvement, and creating a culture for high-performance learning communities. A recent example of their work is the design and delivery of professional development for school improvement specialists—consultants or staff who work to develop the capacity of schools to improve achievement for all students. They have also developed professional development modules on improving school culture (for the Southern Regional Education Board) and leading learning communities (for the Alabama Leadership Academy). Walsh holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University, a master’s degree in teaching (MAT) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph D in education administration and supervision from the University of Alabama. Both Walsh and Sattes have served as faculty for the National Staff Development Council’s Academy.

Learn more about Beth Sattes' PD offerings

Beth Dankert Sattes is a co-developer with Jackie Acree Walsh of Questioning and Understanding to Improve Learning and Thinking (QUILT), a nationally validated professional development program on effective questioning. They are also co-authors of Inside School Improvement (2000) and co-presenters of the Video Journal in Education series Questioning to Stimulate Thinking (1999). These two former classroom teachers have trained hundreds of administrators and teachers across the nation in effective questioning. Their other joint ventures have focused on creating effective professional development for educators, sharing leadership for continuous school improvement, and creating a culture for high-performance learning communities. A recent example of their work is the design and delivery of professional development for school improvement specialists—consultants or staff who work to develop the capacity of schools to improve achievement for all students. They have also developed professional development modules on improving school culture (for the Southern Regional Education Board) and leading learning communities (for the Alabama Leadership Academy). Beth Dankert Sattes holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in early childhood special education from Peabody College. Both Sattes and Walsh have served as faculty for the National Staff Development Council’s Academy.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface: What Have We Learned From Our Work? Quality Questioning is Not Just for the Classroom Anymore
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
1. Quality Questioning: Why Is This an Important Practice for Leaders of Learning Communities?
2. Questioning as a Process: What Are the Essential Elements?
3. Maximizing: How Can Leaders Increase Individual and Collective Capacity?
4. Mobilizing: How Do Leaders Build Constituent Commitment to Act?
5. Mediating: How Does Quality Questioning Help Create Common Ground?
6. Monitoring: How Do Leaders Use Quality Questioning to Facilitate Reflection on Progress Toward Identified Goals?
7. Promoting Adult Learning and Growth in Schools: How Can Leaders Nurture Communities of Quality Questioners?
Resource A: Examples of Closed and Open-Ended Questions
Resource B: Structured Group Processes That Engage Members of the School Community in Thinking and Dialogue
Resource C: The Quality Questioning Quotient (QQQ): A Self-Assessment
References
Index

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