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Building community in a divided world

Presenters: Joyce Lin, Elizabeth Myers, Ayanna Perry, & Kay Psencik

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How do you build the collaboration essential for professional learning amid political, social, and other tensions? This webinar will examine strategies for building trust, shared purpose, and community among educators. It will draw on articles from the February 2022 issue of The Learning Professional on the theme of building community in a divided world. Participants will: Discover strategies for building collaboration amid disagreement; Learn how to foster trust and safety in communities of practice; Consider how to establish group norms that benefit everyone; and Examine how collaborative inquiry can help teachers discuss difficult topics.

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Presenters

Joyce Lin (joyce.lin@knowlesteachers.org) is senior program officer for teacher development at Knowles Teacher Initiative.

Elizabeth Myers (myerse1@pitt.k12.nc.us) is a career pathways specialist in Pitt County Schools in North Carolina.

Ayanna Perry (ayanna.perry@knowlesteachers.org) is associate director of teaching fellows programs at Knowles Teacher Initiative.

Kay Psencik served students and educators for over 30 years in Texas public schools as a teacher and school administrator. She has supervised, supported, and coached principals for over 40 years. Today, she is a senior consultant with Learning Forward, co-author of Becoming a Learning System and The Learning Principal, and author of Accelerating Student and Staff Learning and The Coach’s Craft. She is a professional certified coach with over 500 hours of coaching experience.

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