Transforming Education: Leadership Lessons

Transforming Education: Leadership Lessons

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How to Create Transformative Gatherings with Jenn David-Lang

“A gathering is a moment of time that has the potential to alter many other moments of time.” - Priya Parker, The Art of Gathering

Jenn David-Lang returns to the podcast, and we’re discussing how to maximize the power and significance of meetings. When most of us plan staff agendas or lessons, we tend to focus more on the logistics (PPTs, refreshments, Post-Its, etc.), rather than the people, because those are the items we can control. What if we think about how we want gatherings to make people feel? We can build connection and a sense of belonging in our schools and teams right now. By taking lessons from Priya Parker’s The Art of Gathering, she shares four tips for educators that help us rethink the way we gather to make our gatherings unforgettable, meaningful, and centered around people.

1. Find a specific purpose for the meeting.

2. Be an active facilitator.

3. Give it some spice.

4. Get beyond a “culture of nice.”


The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters