Parker (2010) reminds us that “Equitable and trustworthy conjoint living is not only a matter of being heard but also of hearing others”(p. 2827). As leaders and educators, we often get so caught up in speaking that we forget to listen – to ourselves and to others. However, those in leadership positions are best positioned to cultivate empathy in school communities by developing critical listening skills than can support their teachers and students through reflective practices and introduction to multiple perspectives. This workshop focuses on developing critical listening skills that help the speaker to self-reflect and develop knowledge of self and others.
Leaders will leave with an understanding of the role of question-asking in gathering information and supporting others as well as concrete skills in critical listening for empathy, equity, leadership and support.
Presenter: Dr. Lauren Leigh Kelly