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Leading Through Quality Questioning
Creating Capacity, Commitment, and Community

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July 2012 | 144 pages | Corwin
'A leader's job is not to have all of the right answers, but to ask the right questions. Not only does this book address self-inquiry for school leaders, it offers tools and learning support for leaders committed to improving and refining their inquiry-based leadership' - Betty Burks, Deputy Superintendent, San Antonio ISD, TX, USA

'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'—Joellen Killion, Deputy Executive Director, National Staff Development Council

'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' - Yvonne V. Thayer, Certified Professional Coach

Senior Director, Making Middle Grades Work, Southern Regional Education Board, GA, USA

'A must-read for all school leaders. This practical guide on how to create an inquiry-oriented approach to decision making enables adult learners in the school to sustain school improvement' -

Betsy Rogers, School Improvement Specialist, Jefferson County School District, AL, USA

'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' - Christopher Corallo, Director of Staff Development

Henrico County Public Schools, Richmond, VA, USA

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 council 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

 
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

"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 book address self-inquiry for school leaders, it offers tools and learning support for leaders committed to improving and refining their inquiry-based leadership."

Betty Burks, Deputy Superintendent
San Antonio ISD, TX

"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."

Joellen Killion, Deputy Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"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."

Yvonne V. Thayer, Certified Professional Coach
Senior Director, Making Middle Grades Work, Southern Regional Education Board, GA

"A must-read for all school leaders. This practical guide on how to create an inquiry-oriented approach to decision making enables 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."

Betsy Rogers, School Improvement Specialist
Jefferson County School District, AL

"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!"

Christopher Corallo, Director of Staff Development
Henrico County Public Schools, Richmond, VA

“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.”

Jim Knight, Research Associate, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas
Author of Instructional Coaching

Jackie Acree Walsh

Learn more about Jackie Walsh's PD offeringsJackie Walsh is an independent educational consultant who partners with educators across the country to enhance teaching and leading in classrooms, schools, and districts. Her passion and primary area of expertise is questioning—for both student and adult learning. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, Jackie is also the lead consultant for the Alabama Best Practices Center, which affords her the opportunity to work with networks of school teams, district teams, instructional partners, and superintendents. Jackie’s early experience as a high school social studies teacher contributed to her passion... More About Author

Elizabeth Dankert Sattes

Learn more about Beth Sattes' PD offeringsBeth 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... More About Author

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