Field Trip: The Glasses We All Wear


What makes a leader? What makes some employees more likely to initiate projects and tackle problems in new and proactive ways? Why are some conversations so difficult to have in our teams? This week, we look at these questions in light of three common “Ways of Knowing” — that is, meaning-making systems we all use, whether we realize it or not.

In this interview, we speak with Dr. Ellie Drago-Severson, Program Director, and Professor of Education Leadership and Adult Learning & Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, and her doctoral student, Christy O’Connor, a PhD student in Education Leadership at Teachers College and school administrator at Florham Park School District in New Jersey, about:

  • The 3 most-common ways of knowing, and how they impact our working relationships, our leadership skills, and how we see the world
  • The challenges of teaming
  • Practical insights for how teams can apply a developmental approach to move forward with diligence and new understandings
  • Leadership development
  • Enhancing collaboration among teachers

For more information about this please see Ellie’s best-selling books Helping Teachers Learn: Principal Leadership for Adult Growth and Development (Corwin, 2004) and Leading Adult Learning: Supporting Adult Development in Our Schools (Corwin/The National Staff Development Council, 2009), as well as Becoming Adult Learners: Principles and Practices for Effective Development (Teachers College Press, 2004) and Helping Educators Grow: Practices and Strategies for Supporting Leadership Development (Harvard Education Press, 2012). She is also a coauthor of Learning for Leadership: Developmental Strategies for Building Capacity in Our Schools (Corwin, 2013), Learning Designs: Reach the Highest Standard of Professional Learning (Corwin, 2015), Tell Me So I Can Hear You: A Developmental Approach to Feedback for Educators (Harvard Education Press, 2016) and Leading Change Together: Developing Educator Capacity Within Schools and Systems (ASCD, 2018).