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					     Polarity Management™




Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems
    Presenter: Carolyn McKanders, M.A., M.S.W.
     Co-director, Center for Adaptive Schools
                 Outcomes
• Understand polarities

• Awareness of how managing polarities can
  support your work

• Intrigue to want to learn more
        Private Reflection
Think of a time when
you had a similar
dilemma…
where you had to
simultaneously hold
two seemingly
opposing ideas to
create a positive
outcome.
    BETTE ACHINSTEIN ON
         CONFLICT
Community Diversity and Conflict Among
          Schoolteachers:
     The Ties That Blind, 2002
GARMSTON AND WELLMAN ON CONFLICT
The Adaptive School: Developing Collaborative Groups (2009)
    BETTE ACHINSTEIN ON
         CONFLICT
Community Diversity and Conflict Among
          Schoolteachers:
     The Ties That Blind, 2002
            “A community of diverse
            elements has greater capacity to
            adapt and renew itself in a swiftly
            changing world. To keep a balance
            between diversity and wholeness,
            communities must apply structures
             to reduce polarization, to foster
            communication between diverse
            groups, and mechanisms for
            conflict mediation.”
                                  John Gardner
    Polarity Management
Polarity Management™ is a model that
involves a set of principles and tools for
dealing with all polarities in life.


A Polarity (also known as a paradox,
dilemma, or conundrum) is an
interdependent pair that needs each
other over time to create positive
results.
      Polarities are. . .

unavoidable and unsolvable

have two or more right answers that
 are interdependent.

must be managed with both/and
 thinking.
Breathing as an example of a polarity, p. 5




                          Clean Out
 Get Oxygen
                        Carbon Dioxide

 Inhale                        Exhale

  Too Much             Too Little Oxygen
Carbon Dioxide
           Please with your
           partner create a
           summary statement
           by completing this
           prompt:

“Here’s what we understand
    about polarities…”
   Examples of Polarities
• Internal focus and External responsiveness

• Student learning and Teacher learning

• Individual efficacy and Collective efficacy

• Structure and Freedom

• Reflection and Action

• Distributed leading and Autonomous leading

• Challenge and Support
      Examples of Polarities
• Parent as Expert and School as Expert
• Relationship and Academic Excellence
• Individual and Team
• School Responsibility and Parent Responsibility
• Consistency and Flexibility
• Honor native language/culture and learning new languages/cultures
                    Select a polarity
                    that speaks to you.



Turn to a partner and complete this
stem:
“This is a dilemma for me because . . “
    Polarity or Problem
            Is this a problem to solve
                         or
is it an ongoing polarity we must manage well?
         Polarity or Problem
  Problems to solve are those with one right answer or
  two or more right answers that are independent.

  Problems to solve can be complex, but they have an
  endpoint.


Keep either/or thinking and problem-solving strategies.
The Polarity Map
          Structure - Freedom Polarity
              Self -directed Students

  Clear standards                        Flexible
   Predictability               Practice decision making
       Order                      Honors individuality
Instructional Focus                Motivated students


Structure                           Freedom

      Rebellion                        Chaos
 Passive Aggression                  Confusion
    Low Morale                  Worsening of behavior
     Absences                       Wasted time
A Well Managed Polarity
                   BENEFITS: The Five C’s

Complexity - Seeing the Forest and the Trees
Change - Convert resistance to change into a resource
Conflict - Create “Win/ Win” Outcomes
Chronic Issues - Convert chronic issues into sustainable strength
Cross Cultural issues - Celebrate and capitalize on differences

				
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