6-7 April 2018
 
Saturday 7 April | 11:00am 
THE PROCESS OF INITIATING AND SUSTAINING WHOLE SCHOOL CHANGE: HOW TO RUN AN AI SCHOOL SUMMIT TO GET EVERYONE ON BOARD


 

Dr Paula Robinson

Following a career as a senior executive, Dr Paula Robinson is now a registered, consulting Psychologist, author, speaker and Managing Director of the Positive Psychology Institute.  Paula specialises in the science, application and integration of traditional Psychology and Positive Psychology. Paula has completed her Bachelor of Science with first class honours and her Ph.D in Positive Psychology with a mental fitness focus, as well as numerous research studies, book chapters, invited presentations, workshops and strategic positive change programmes for government, private organisations, schools and the wider community.  Paula has been invited to present at conferences in Australia, Paris, Doha, Singapore and China on her work with schools and organisations. Paula has worked with over 300 schools, training and implementing both large and smaller scale Positive Education initiatives for leaders, teachers, students and parents. Paula has performed numerous expert advisory panel and media roles and is currently a lecturer for the University of Wollongong, Sydney Business School, Laureate Universities and guest lecturer at Melbourne University's Graduate School of Education. Paula has just published her first book in applied Positive Psychology in education, titled Practising Positive Education: A Guide to Improve Wellbeing Literacy in Schools which has received exceptional reviews and the first edition has sold out.  The 2nd edition will be available early 2018.




Saturday 7 April | 11:00am

THE PROCESS OF INITIATING AND SUSTAINING WHOLE SCHOOL CHANGE: HOW TO RUN AN AI SCHOOL SUMMIT TO GET EVERYONE ON BOARD

USING APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY (AI) TO IGNITE

POSITIVE CHANGE IN SCHOOLS

"An Appreciative Eye gives us the capacity in the world around us, in our colleagues (in our teaching and learning), and in our organisation to see the true and the good, the better and the possible."  

David Cooperrider, Ph.D, 

Case Western Reserve University / Weatherhead School of Management

A positive approach to strategic change and development starts with the notion that people will commit to what they create (Silbert & Silbert, 2007). This is a common approach in organisations but rare in the emerging research and practice of Positive Education. Whilst there are many traditional change approaches in the organisational literature that a school could adopt, AI is becoming a popular choice because it has been successfully used to create positive and sustainable change in schools. 

The term Appreciative Inquiry comes from: 

Appreciate to value, to recognise with gratitude, to increase in value.

Inquiry to seek to understand through the asking of questions.

AI is a powerful strengths-based catalyst for positive change. Its beauty is that it is simple to understand and easy to use. AI is based on a 5 step process for successful change, drawn from Social and Positive Psychology, Neuroscience, Organisational Studies and Sociology (James 2016).  

In this presentation Dr Paula Robinson will summarise the 5 steps in the AI process commencing with the question "what is the change you want to create in your school?" Three school case studies (Knox Grammar School, Renaissance College & The Hills Grammar School) will highlight how the AI process was utilised in three different ways to reduce resistance and improve buy-in from key stakeholders, an important first step in obtaining meaningful commitment to each of their Positive Education Programs. The practical implications of this process resulted in sustainable and positive changes to school systems, structures and practices for leadership, pastoral care, curricula/co-curricular  and professional development. 


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