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Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences: Polarity Thinking in Our Schools

by Jane A G Kise Corwin Press
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Does your team do more arguing than deciding?

Some conflict can be healthy for teams and PLCs, but when two sides are unwilling to compromise, that’s where polarity management comes in. By identifying mutual goals and common concerns, polarity management helps educators turn vicious cycles of debate into virtuous circles of managing complex issues. This book provides a three-step process for managing polarities:

•See it—recognize when you’re dealing with two equally valuable perspectives on an issue
•Map it—identify the upsides and downsides of each position
•Tap it—apply strategies to leverage the best of both sides

•Applies the framework and tools of polarity management – a powerful means to bridging differences – to the most contentious education reform debates.
•Guides readers in applying the framework to their local contexts.
•Includes sample polarity maps as well as case studies, professional development activities, and group exercises for mapping and “tapping” polarities
•Grounded in extensive interdisciplinary research

About the Author
I. Understanding Polarity Thinking
1. Introduction: Let's Put Our Differences to Work For Us
2. Getting Unstuck in Education
II. The Big Picture of Polarity Thinking in Education Reform
3. Leveraging Education Goals: Academic Success AND Whole Child Success
4. Ensuring Effective Teachers: Evaluation as a Measure of Effectiveness AND A Guide for Professional Growth
5. A Math Wars Truce: Mastery of Knowledge AND Mastery of Problem-Solving
6. Making Diplomas Meaningful: Standardization AND Customization
III. Putting the SMALL Polarity Thinking Tools to Work
7. Introducing Polarity Thinking To Your Team
8. Guiding Your Team Through Polarity Thinking
9. Using Polarity Tools to Explore Initiatives and Opposing Experts
10. Working with Common Polarities in Education
11. Students and Polarities: A Tool for Critical Thinking
IV. A Closer Look at Why We Believe What We Believe
12. Carl Jung, Neuroscience and the Truth that We're Wired to Develop Different Viewpoints
Appendix A: A PACT ® Process Case Study
Appendix B: Chapter 9 Reading: How Do We Help Students Succeed?
Suggestions for Further Reading

“Kise’s Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences provides pragmatic guidance for educators engaged in deep change and implementation of initiatives in which stakeholders have opposing perspectives. Through authentic examples of significant changes educators face today, Kise guides educators to leverage polarity thinking to promote commitment, engagement, and investment. Rather than squandering time and effort in determining right and wrong, Kise helps educators learn how to extract ideas from diverse stances on an issue to accelerate and sustain change. When educators use polarity thinking, they model for their students and stakeholders how to develop healthier, more productive strategies for strengthening community.”
Jane A. G. Kise - Education Consultant

Jane A. G. Kise, Ed. D., is an educational consultant, specializing in teambuilding, coaching, and professional development. She is also the author or coauthor of over 20 books, including Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change; Differentiated School Leadership: Effective Collaboration, Communication and Change Through Personality Type; Intentional Leadership; and LifeKeys: Discover Who You are. She holds an MBA in finance from the Carlson School of Management and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, both in Minnesota. Kise has worked with diverse organizations across the United States and in Saudi Arabia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Her clients include Minneapolis Public Schools and various public and private schools, The Bush Foundation, NASA, Twin Cities Public Television, and numerous other institutions. She is a frequent workshop speaker and has presented at Learning Forward, ASCD, NCTM, NCSM, World Futures, and Association for Psychological Type International (APTi) conferences, including keynoting in Paris, Berlin, Sydney and Auckland. Kise’s research on coaching teachers for change received several awards. Her research on patterns in Jungian type and how students approach mathematics became a TEDx talk. She is a faculty member of the Center for Applications of Psychological Type and a past president of APTi.