Rob Evans, EdD
Friday, March 28, 2014
1:30 – 2:45 PM
“Getting to No: Building True Collegiality in Schools”
Educators talk and write a lot about the importance of creating learning communities and of promoting collaboration among teachers, and yet both remain real challenges. This is in good part because conflict avoidance is a way of life for most school staffs. Collegial cooperation goes well when everyone sees eye-to-eye, but what happens when people see things differently? It’s an inevitable situation in any school community, and it doesn’t have to be polarizing.
In this keynote, Dr. Rob Evans will outline ways teachers and school administrators can improve candor and create genuine collegiality. He will explain why the ability to deal directly and differ constructively with one another—about teaching and learning, performance and priorities—is vital to professional growth, and he will show how a more constructive approach to conflict improves a school’s ability to model and teach the habits, skills, and values it wants children to learn.
Dr. Robert Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the executive director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A former high school and preschool teacher and a former child and family therapist, he has worked with schools and families for 35 years. He has consulted for nearly 1,700 schools across the country, including many Montessori schools, focusing on the challenges facing adults in schools: coping with high levels of change, leading innovation, and absorbing the impact of shifts in the American family.
Dr. Evans, a graduate of the Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his doctorate from Harvard. He is the author of many articles and 3 books, The Human Side of School Change, Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing, and Seven Secrets of the Savvy School Leader: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving.