The Art of Dialogue

Discussion and debate have their place—but to bring out leadership and new ideas, consider practicing the art of dialogue.

In a single one-hour time span on a typical school day, five leaders at one middle school used communication to build connections and achieve results:

  • The principal met with a group of parents who were interested in changing school start times so their children wouldn’t have to get up so early. After exploring the reasons they believed change was needed and talking about the challenges it would present, they crafted a creative solution to present to the board of education.
  • The assistant principal for instruction met with a teacher to discuss an evaluation. Guided by the administrator’s questions, the teacher came up with strategies for improving student engagement in her classroom.

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