Just returned from Indianapolis where my colleague and consulting partner Tom Stewart and I presented at the Learning Forward Summer Conference for Teacher Leaders and the Administrators Who Support Them. Tom and I presented on the important formative assessment academy work we initiated when we both worked in the Simpson County Schools, and on using the Enneagram personality assessment system for leadership development.
We were grateful for terrific, attentive participants at both sessions who engaged us in thoughtful discussion about these important topics. Learning Forward (which is the new name for the National Staff Development Council) also revealed their new standards for professional learning at the conference. Educators involved in delivery and design of professional development should give the standards a close look.
Tom and I were also happy to participate in a day-long session delivered by Columbia Teachers College professor Ellie Drago-Severson, author of several books on adult learning in professional education contexts, on using Bob Kegan's constructive-developmental theory for fostering leadership growth. Tom and I saw many connections and parallels to our work with the Enneagram and contemplative leadership and recommend Ellie's work to those interested in the same topics.