In our article in the Summer 2022 issue of Educational Leadership, my colleague Ann C. Holm and I…
I’m so excited about my newest book that I’m breaking from my usual blog content to include the press release here.
How should mathematics be taught? What must students learn? Who should teach? What is the proper role of arts education or physical education in schools? Educators, politicians, parents and business people often take polarized positions, yet these issues involve interdependent “answers,” not right/wrong solutions.
Now a new book, Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences: Polarity Thinking for Our Schools, by Jane Kise, Ed.D., introduces a powerful set of tools for ending polarization by bridging differences. Polarity thinking allows individuals and groups to work together and acknowledge the wisdom of each other’s viewpoints. Jane points out, “The alternative—and we see it everywhere—is wasting time and money on partial solutions that are doomed to be replaced when leadership changes or when results fail to meet expectations.”
Released by Corwin Press on November 5, the book brings the proven business tools of Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships to education.
The book is the Winter 2014 book club selection for the education organization Learning Forward. Senior Advisor Joellen Killion says that the book “…helps educators learn how to extract ideas from diverse stances on an issue to accelerate and sustain change.”
Professor Emeritus Art Costa of Cal State says of the book,
“The mind, entrenched in the rigidity of either/or thinking, dwells on the divisions and ignores the connections of both/and. This engaging and practical book helps our students (and their teachers) transcend those divisions in a journey toward enriched enlightenment and greater flexibility.”
Discussing the processes she uses with educators, Jane said, “The first step is getting them to see that both sets of stakeholders hold a partial, yet incomplete, version of the truth. Take the current emphasis on teacher evaluation that was a major issue in the Chicago teachers’ strike last year. Simply ranking teachers from effective to ineffective doesn’t guide their professional development. The polarity of holding teachers accountable for best practices AND helping them grow is involved.”
Kise is a Minneapolis-based consultant and author of over 20 books. Current and past clients include several Minnesota school districts, the Bush Foundation, Minnesota and Pennsylvania Departments of Education, Independent Schools Queensland in Australia, NASA, television stations, publishers, Saaffaa for Education in Saudi Arabia, and schools and school districts around the world. A past president of the Association for Psychological Type International, she is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.
Jane is available for interviews on radio, television, or in print to discuss Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences. Contact her at email@example.com.