The Learning Conversations Protocol

September 15, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The Learning Conversations Protocol: An Intentional Interruption Strategy for Enhanced Collaborative Learning is the title of the  newest release in the Ministry’s Capacity Building K-12 series (Special Edition #46; July 2016) and written by educational psychologists Steven Katz and Lisa Ain Dack.

From page 2: The key components of learning conversations that move them beyond “great discussions” is that they are both planned and systematic (General Teaching Council, 2004). Learning conversations do not just happen on their own when groups of people get together to “discuss,” but instead are a result of intentional, systematic planning of the learning opportunity.

From page 6: We developed our Learning Conversations Protocol …  to intentionally interrupt the “great discussions” that we have observed time and time again. The protocol is intended for use in any collaborative learning setting that is focused on building the capacity of leaders. We define “leadership” broadly here, as we use this protocol not only with school leaders, but with teacher leaders and district-level leaders as well. The intent is to use the protocol to collaboratively analyze an individual’s work and to push the thinking of all members of the group beyond what they would be able to achieve on their own.

Pages 4+ describe the 7 steps of the learning conversation protocol:

  1. Introduction
  2. Clarifying the Leader’ s Work
  3. Interpreting the Leader’s Work
  4. Quick Clarification
  5. Implications for Thinking
  6. Consolidate thinking and Plan Next Steps
  7. Reflecting on the Process

Check it out!


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