Building Relationships through Conversation
This issue of Tools for Learning Schools (Winter, 2013) provides an indepth look at how shared understandings and well designed conversations among educators and school leaders can foster meaningful relationships and contribute to improved teaching and learning. Authors Julie Lambert and Valeria Mitrani describe how, with an agreed-upon set of norms and purpose to ongoing conversations, what began as interactions around academic content, curricular materials, and articles and research on best practice developed into a high-trust community environment among school leaders that allowed the conversations to focus on real situations and conflicts that required trust and relationships.
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