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Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences

Polarity Thinking in Our Schools

An illuminating book shows how school leaders can effectively use polarity thinking—a powerful tool for bridging differences—to resolve contentious debates on education reform.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452257716
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2013
  • Page Count: 288
  • Publication date: November 05, 2013

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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

Key features

  • 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


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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 engagements include education conferences and type conferences across the United States and in Europe, Saudi Arabia, Australia and New Zealand. Jane has also written articles for several magazines and has received awards for her differentiated coaching research.

Jane currently teaches doctoral courses in education leadership for the University of St. Thomas and is a past faculty member of the Center for Applications of Psychological Type. She served as President of the Association for Psychological Type International. She holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management and a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She is certified in Neuroscience and Jungian Personality, is a MBTI ® Master Practitioner qualified to use MBTI Steps I, II and III, and is certified in emotional intelligence instruments and leadership 360 tools. You can read more about her work at www.janekise.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Professional Development Activites


About the Author

Part I. Understanding Polarity Thinking

Chapter 1. Introduction: Let's Put Our Differences to Work for Us

Chapter 2. Getting Unstuck in Education

Part II. The Big Picture of Polarity Thinking in Education Reform

Chapter 3. Leveraging Education Goals: Academic Success AND Whole Child Success

Chapter 4. Ensuring Effective Teachers: Evaluation as a Measure of Effectiveness AND a Guide for Professional Growth

Chapter 5. A Math Wars Truce: Mastery of Knowledge AND Mastery of Problem Solving

Chapter 6. Making Diplomas Meaningful: Standardization AND Customization

Part III. Putting the SMALL Polarity Thinking Tools to Work

Chapter 7. Introducing Polarity Thinking to Your Team

Chapter 8. Guiding Your Team Through Polarity Thinking

Chapter 9. Using Polarity Tools to Explore Initiatives and Opposing Experts

Chapter 10. Working With Common Polarities in Education

Chapter 11. Students and Polarities: A Tool for Critical Thinking

Part IV. A Closer Look at Why We Believe What We Believe

Chapter 12. 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?


Suggestions for Further Reading




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