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The Power to Transform: Leadership That Brings Learning and Schooling to Life

The Power to Transform: Leadership That Brings Learning and Schooling to Life

Stephanie Pace Marshall

ISBN: 978-0-787-97501-2

Mar 2006, Jossey-Bass

272 pages

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$37.00

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In this important new book, Stephanie Pace Marshall argues that by focusing on reforming the contents of schooling and not transforming the context and conditions of learning, we have created false proxies for learning and eroded the potentially vibrant intellectual life of our schools. Finishing a course and a textbook has come to mean achievement. Listening to a lecture has come  to mean understanding. Getting a high score on a standardized test has come to mean proficiency. Credentialing has come to mean competence. To educate our children wisely requires that we create generative learning communities, by design. Such learning communities have their roots in meaning, not memory; engagement, not transmission; inquiry, not compliance; exploration, not acquisition; personalization, not uniformity; interdependence, not individualism; collaboration, not competition; and trust, not fear.

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Preface: The Call for a Radical New Story of Learning and Schooling xi

Gratitudes xix

About the Author xxiii

Prologue: Songlines xxv

Part One: The Journey Toward Wholeness 1

1 Firestorm or Gift? 3

The Power of Story

2 What Living Systems Teach Us 19

3 Nurturing Integral Habits of Mind 37

4 A New Learning Landscape 67

Aspen Grove by Design

Part Two: Designing the New Learning Landscape 77

5 Integrity 79

Naming and Owning Our Integral Learning Identity

6 Vibrancy 97

Generating and Using Abundant Learning Information

7 Interdependence 107

Inviting and Sustaining Collaborative

Learning Relationships

8 Coherence 117

Stimulating Creative and Self-Organizing

Learning Processes

9 Sustainability 131

Weaving and Mapping Networked Learning Patterns

10 Stability 143

Creating Flexible, Temporary, and Adaptive Learning Structures

11 A Generative Community for Integral Learning

Aspen Grove Revisited 171

Part Three: A Call for Leaders 183

12 The Right Moment 185

Answering the Call

13 Elder-Leadership 191

Changing the Current Story

14 Creating the Radical New Story of

Learning and Schooling 197

Afterword: A Letter to My Grandchildren 211

American Psychological Association Principles for Learner-Centered Education 215

Howard Gardner’s “Multiple Intelligences” 217

The Two Stories of Learning and Schooling Contrasted 219

Notes 227

Index 235

"…this is a wonderful book to help guide your story as a person, a leader, a critical member of an interdependent system and to reconnect yourself with the reasons why you became an educator in the first place." (TC Record, December 2006)
  •  For educators and future educators, here is the conversation and the action needed to change our current educational paradigm and build a better, different educational system.
  • Author is a popular, pioneering, and well-respected educational leader
  • She connects systemic change to the nuts and bolts of organizational function and human relationships
  • The book offers design principles to help leaders transform schools into authentic “learning communities”