"Our conversations invent us. Through our speech and our silence, we become smaller or larger selves. Through our speech and our silence, we diminish or enhance the other person, and we narrow or expand the possibilities between us. How we use our voice determines the quality of our relationships, who we are in the world, and what the world can be and might become. Clearly, a lot is at stake here."
Harriet Lerner, The Dance of Connection
Jennifer Abrams Consulting provides trainings, coaching, program design and consultative support to schools, hospitals and other organizations in the areas of instructional design, new employee support, supervision and evaluation, having hard conversations, generational savvy and the creation of collaborative cultures. Jennifer considers herself to be a "voice coach," helping others develop their identities and skill sets to best use their voices in a variety of professional environments.
Happy April! It was snowing as I left Toronto last week but inside it was Spring – people were growing and new ideas were taking root. I facilitated a newly 'commissioned' workshop - Coaching for Equity. (Send word if you want more information.) Part of my introduction every morning by my colleagues in Peel District School Board was that I was there to 'co-learn.'
The role of co-learner is one I am growing to hold even more tenderly and with greater appreciation. I know might sound a bit silly – after all, adults are adults, right? We can handle a bit of 'turbulence' in our professional learning – as we roll out initiatives, look at student work, put our thinking out for feedback, etc., correct? Well, that might be true for many – AND for myself, and for those...Read More