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30 Reflective Staff Development Exercises for Educators / Edition 1

30 Reflective Staff Development Exercises for Educators / Edition 1

by Stephen S. Kaagan


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ISBN-13: 9780761938859
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Series: 1-Off Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Stephen S. Kaagan is currently professor of education at Michigan State University. His teaching interests are leadership, organizational analysis, and administrative practice. He has a doctorate from Harvard University and has been honored with several awards, including membership in the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, London, England and Honorary Doctorates from Williams College in Massachusetts and Green Mountain College in Vermont.

Before coming to Michigan State University in 1991, Kaagan served as president of Hurricane Island Outward Bound (1989-91), commissioner of education for the State of Vermont (1982-88), and provost at Pratt Institute in New York City (1977-82).

He has written extensively on leadership, organizational development, the role of the arts in schooling, and assessment and accountability. Selected publications include Developing Teacher Leaders: How Teacher Leadership Enhances School Success (with Frank Crowther et al.), Managing Successful School Reform: the Legacy of Chris Argyris (a special edition of the International Journal of Educational Management, co-edited with Frank Crowther), Leadership Games: Experiential Learning for Organizational Development, and Leadership Lessons: From a Life of Character and Purpose in Public Affairs.

Kaagan is a charter board member of Art Serve Michigan. In the late 1980s, he served as a member of a distinguished panel on "Making the System Work Better for Poor Kids," a Carnegie Foundation–sponsored project of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Kaagan's experience spans an academic career; wide-ranging service as an advisor to government agencies, corporations, and educational institutions; military experience in the USMC Reserve; extensive travel throughout the world, including mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas, Andes, and Cascades; and rugby football refereeing for the US Rugby Football Union.

Table of Contents

About the Author
Author's Preface to the Second Edition
Part I. The Power of Reflective Exercises for Staff Development
Guiding Principles
Making the Exception to Current Practice the Rule
Committing to Organizational Learning Concepts
The Special Contributions of Senge et al.
A Personal Approach to Teaching and Consulting
Important Caveats
Part II. 30 Reflective Exercises
Exercises Arranged by Topic and Purpose
Mental Markers: Expanding the Boundaries
1. Animal Attributes
2. Ancestors
3. Pushpins
4. Suprise Me
5. E-xplore Assets
6. Instant History
7. Bringing the Outside In
8. Best, Worst
9. What to Keep, What Not
10. Leadership Metaphors
Making Mutual Meaning: Reflecting Together
11. Dashing Dual Interview
12. E-xplore Perspectives
13. Snapshots
14. Rotating Pencils
15. Listening for Assumptions
16. Fruits of Silence
17. See
18. Patchwork Perspectives
19. Stakes
20. Vision Sketch
Maintaining Momentum: Moving Forward
21. Begin, Begin, Begin
22. Modest Expectations
23. Informed Purpose
24. Beginning at the End
25. Context Map
26. The "View From Downtown "
27. E-xplore by Association
28. Unheard Voices
29. Blame Game
30. Standing Offer
Part III. Using Appropriate Exercises
Vignette 1: Slowing Down to Speed Up
Vignette 2: Deepening the Discourse
Vignette 3: Finding Common Ground
Vignette 4: Diminishing Divisiveness
Concluding Comments

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