Dr. Evans provided a distinction between congeniality and collegiality based on the work of Roland Barth. Barth describes congeniality as being receptive, warm, supportive, giving nice responses, being helpful, etc. On the other hand, collegiality concerns talking about working with kids, how to do it, how to improve it, and how to disagree constructively about delivering lessons. It is this conversation, the disagreeing, that is often missing and thus minimizes the collegiality among teachers. If you examine the evidence about schools offered by Dr. Evans, it is easy to see why this lack of collegiality exists.
- It is harder to assume that if it happened in school, than it must be good.
- We are having new conversations around skewed enrollment (more students in High School than in Lower School at K-12 private/independent schools) as a result of the economy.
- A dilemma is a part of life that has no solution. A problem has a solution. What are your school’s dilemmas? What are the problems?
- Independent school leaders rarely use the leverage at their disposal.