Twelve Books That Influenced Me in 2017

I love to read. It is a low-cost and highly pleasurable conduit for professional development and personal reflection and insight. I like challenging and thought-provoking fiction (The Goldfinch and Lincoln in the Bardo are two recent faves), as well as an intense thriller (Bluebird, Bluebird) and a good British mystery. High on my 2018 list is the book that Bill Gates called “the most inspiring … Continue reading Twelve Books That Influenced Me in 2017

Learning Our Way to Excellence

Wonderful experience co-presenting with my colleague, Donna Micheaux, at the 2016 Learning Forward Conference in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.  We facilitated a two-hour session with senior educational leaders from the U.S. and Canada in an interactive session designed to help leaders create an authentic system of learning of their schools and districts. We shared our theory of action:  When the learning for adults in the system … Continue reading Learning Our Way to Excellence

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Achieving Your Goals in 2017

Are you with me and 40% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions each year?  Are you in the 8% who actually achieve these goals?  Here are some ways that we can be a part of the group of people who make real progress toward envisioning and achieving goals this year.

First, focus on actions that move  you toward your goal.  I came across an article several months ago pointing out that exactly 100 days remained in 2016.  I realized that to come close to achieving the goals I had set for myself in 2016, I needed to take some concrete steps… Continue reading Achieving Your Goals in 2017

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Ten Books That Influenced My Thinking in 2016

The Immunity to Change:  How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (2009) by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey An Everyone Culture:  Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization (2016) by Kegan and Lahey Cultures of Thinking:  The Eight Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools (2015) by Ron Ritchhart Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of … Continue reading Ten Books That Influenced My Thinking in 2016

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Nested Learning

Last night in the graduate coaching class that I teach at SMU–our last class of the semester–we were discussing school reform topics and what the “outward” and “inward” work was for each.  One student remarked that she felt that it all came down to teachers modeling what we want to develop in our students–curiosity, emotional intelligence, creativity, etc. This resonates with me.  When I was … Continue reading Nested Learning

Dr. Jennifer Parvin

Dr. Parvin Featured on CBS DFW Education Segment

Robin Everson with CBS News DFW interviewed me for a piece about the benefits of educators going back to school for more education.  I was honored to have been chosen for the interview.  I am a big believer in life long learning! You can read the interview and see the segment here: Dr. Parvin’s interview with CBS DFW   Continue reading Dr. Parvin Featured on CBS DFW Education Segment