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Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences
Polarity Thinking in Our Schools



© 2018 | 284 pages | SAGE AdvantEDGE

Move from entrenched differences to common goals!

All too often, key education initiatives collapse because leaders fail to anticipate and learn from the concerns of those charged with implementation. This illuminating book shows how education leaders can bring opposing groups to common ground, resulting in a solid plan built on diverse wisdom.
 
Acclaimed education coach Jane Kise demonstrates how polarity thinking—a powerful tool for bridging differences developed by Barry Johnson of Polarity Partnerships—provides an alternative to endless debates and either/or thinking. Rather than seeing conflicting forces, the tools help us view them as equally important—even interdependent—concepts, approaches, or models. Readers will find:

  • Ways to recognize polarities, map the positive and negative aspects, and channel energy wasted on disagreement toward a greater common purpose
  • Tools for introducing and working with polarities
  • Polarity mapping to help leaders improve processes for leading change and creating buy-in
  • Ways to use polarity with students as a framework for higher-level thinking

“Jane Kise provides 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.”
— Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor
Learning Forward

“The mind, entrenched in the rigidity of either/or thinking, dwells on the divisions and ignores the connections of both/and.  This engaging and practical book helps our students (and their teachers) transcend those divisions in a journey toward enriched enlightenment and greater flexibility.”
—Arthur L. Costa, Emeritus Professor
California State University, Sacramento

 
Acknowledgments
 
PART I. UNDERSTANDING POLARITY THINKING
 
Introduction: Let’s Put Our Differences to Work for Us
 
Getting Unstuck in Education
 
PART II. THE BIG PICTURE OF POLARITY THINKING IN EDUCATION REFORM
 
Leveraging Education Goals: Academic Success AND Whole Child Success
 
Ensuring Effective Teachers: Evaluation as a Measure of Effectiveness AND a Guide for Professional Growth
 
A Math Wars Truce: Mastery of Knowledge AND Mastery of Problem Solving
 
Making Diplomas Meaningful: Standardization AND Customization
 
PART III. PUTTING THE SMALL POLARITYTHINKING TOOLS TO WORK
 
Introducing Polarity Thinking to Your Team
 
Guiding Your Team Through Polarity Thinking
 
Using Polarity Tools to Explore Initiatives and Opposing Experts
 
Working With Common Polarities in Education
 
Students and Polarities: A Tool for Critical Thinking
 
PART IV. A CLOSER LOOK AT WHYWE BELIEVE WHAT WE BELIEVE
 
Carl Jung, Neuroscience, and the Truth That We’re Wired to Develop Different Viewpoints
 
Conclusion: Moving Beyond Polarization in Education
 
Appendix A. A PACT Process Case Study
 
Appendix B. Chapter 9 Reading: How Do We Help Students Succeed?
 
References Suggestions for Further Reading
 
Index

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Jane A. G. Kise

Jane Kise, an educational consultant with extensive experience in leadership, instructional coaching, differentiation, and effective mathematics instruction, is considered a worldwide expert in Jungian type and its impact on leadership and education. The author of over 20 books, she works with schools and businesses, facilitating the creation of environments where everyone—leaders, teachers and students—can flourish.  She trains educators around the world on coaching, collaborative practices, effective change processes, and differentiated instruction, especially in mathematics. A frequent conference keynote speaker, her past... More About Author

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