Abeo. Professional Learning Designed for Human Systems.
At Abeo School Change we cultivate and develop the internal capacity of schools and school systems to improve performance in multiple areas. We accomplish this through a strong human-centered focus on organizational culture, the collective efficacy of teachers and leaders, and instructional excellence in the classroom.
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High on my summer reading list this year was John Hattie's Visible Learning for Teachers, his brilliant work on utilizing research-based best-practices—the elements that actually work in the classroom. In the book, Hattie spends significant time on talk—which makes sense, since teaching is so talk dependent—but what is interesting here is that Hattie makes the very important point that dialogue between teacher and students is a crucial component of teaching and learning - yet is seldom present in classroom exchanges. read more
Greg Satell, one of the go-to thinkers on organizational culture that we follow, has a recent post where he identifies the tension between leading for organizational efficiency and leading for a high-performing, high-trust work culture.
This is especially pertinent for educational institutions, who, as we're often reminded by historians of education, are heirs to the traditions of Scientific Management, Fredrick Winslow Taylor's turn-of-the-20th-Century theories of organizational efficiency. read more
It's a core principle: the systems and schools we work with have it in their best interests to be learning organizations that respond and adapt quickly to complex, unpredictable, and fast changing contexts.
A recent article in the Harvard Business Review by Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats, looks at organizational learning, and, perhaps more importantly, at what failure to learn looks like in organizations. read more
We've worked with Nate Gibbs-Bowling, Washington State Teacher of the Year, for a number of years now. His latest interview with the Tacoma News Tribune is full of great quotes that contain keen observations and ideas on education that make him one of the emerging important voices in American public education. read more
In a recent New York Times piece, David L. Kirp writes that our public schools do a "good job of getting students into college, but a poor job preparing them to succeed once they’re there. " The problem he says, is that public schools and institutions of higher learning do their work separately, in silos, and do not communicate on issues like providing the kind of rigor and habits of mind high school students need to succeed in higher education. read more
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