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Underlying Disciplines of a Learning Organization

In upcoming postings, I hope to offer examples of each discipline of a learning organization.

Which discipline comes first? Is there a correct order? I start with mental models which I present in another posting. There is a need to accept innovation, in the 21st Century, as more than just preserving self-interest fostered in and by the educational oligarchy.

Alison Zmuda (2010) in Breaking Free from Myths about Teaching and Learning: Innovation as an Engine for Student Success suggested “change your thinking; change your experience….make the status quo no longer a comfortable place to reside” (p. 29). Reframe educational structure, purpose, and roles. Innovation is not for the faint of heart or covering blemishes with another layer of scientific management, bureaucracy, and/or technocracy. That thinking created the problems we face. Consider what Einstein said:

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.



About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

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