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Having Hard Conversations

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ISBN-10: 1412965004
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"Our teaching culture is adverse to conflict. Having tools like this will move education forward as a profession." (Michael Grinder, National Director and Educational Consultant 2008-07-28)

"A thoughtful and practical map for authentically engaging in and learning from having hard conversations. Abrams gently teaches us why having these conversations matter and how they can help us grow. Her work shines light on the landscape of personal and professional learning from engagement in hard conversations." (Eleanor Drago-Severson, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership 2008-07-28)

"A wonderful combination of coaching, consulting, and crafting a way of teaching us all to speak honestly in our relationships. From casual conversations to value conflicts, we learn to use and become sensitive to differences in gender, style, and position in this very appealing and important book. A must-read for teachers, principals, and district office personnel who care about developing a healthy school community." (Ann Lieberman, Senior Scholar 2008-08-15)

"This book has already changed my life. Just by reading it, my courage to have hard conversations has soared." (Beth Madison, Principal 2008-10-24)

"A straightforward, practical and useful guide for engaging in difficult conversations." (Lauren Levin 2011-10-14)

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This insightful book helps educators speak with clarity and courage to directly address difficult situations within their schools.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin (January 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412965004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412965002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a student in an Educational Leadership Master's Degree program I am preparing myself to become a school administrator. One of the things that concerns me most is how best to conduct conversations with staff when something difficult needs to be addressed. I purchased this book hoping it would help me prepare for this part of the job, and I am very glad that I did. Jennifer Abrams offers clear, specific and practical steps with excellent rationale and multiple, thorough examples for every step and situation. It is exactly what I needed to gain confidence in my ability to prepare for and conduct successful conversations with teachers I will supervise, mentor and evaluate. I have no doubt that I will reach for the book again and again as I need a resource not only for preparing for uncomfortable conversations, but in planning for well thought out post observation and evaluation meetings in general. Thank you, Jennifer, for this invaluable resource!
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Excellent book on handing difficult conversations. It focuses on difficult conversations in the educational system, but is useful in other situations. I recommend it for anyone who wants to improve their ability to handle difficult conversations successful.
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Excellent book to start meaningful conversations with leaders and concerning staff
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