How is Appreciative Inquiry Training Done in Schools?


Appreciative Inquiry Training in Schools


What does Appreciative Inquiry look like in your school?

For many schools and community organizations, it first takes the form of an AI Summit. These summits typically occur in 1-3 day events, focused on the 5-D process. In these summits, participants are taught the AI approach and philosophy, followed by breakout sessions with group participants focused on applying the 5D cycle. This is a training event that introduces the ideas, teaches the methods, and then equips the participants with the skills to use AI as either a short-term or long-term process in their schools and communities.

The real value in AI Summits is in defining a focus of inquiry and then discovering what gives the organization life. Summits are a time of dreaming, or generating ideas that to this point had yet to be conceived, and designing a destiny. These practices of co-construction and innovation are processes every participant will value from this point forward, where the action of asking questions in this environment in and of itself begins the progress of positive transformation.

Sometimes AI takes the form of whole-system dialog. These are projects with a larger scope, where many communities, businesses, and schools that have used AI set out to interview hundreds, and even thousands of stakeholders. These dialogues take place in multiple locations over an extended period of time and are designed to restructure an organization at all levels of service.

Teachers, counselors, and other school professionals can learn AI in workshop formats and take the process to students in classrooms and organizations, where they can begin to change segments of a school population with the positive processes of Appreciative Inquiry.

Right now, how do you envision AI being used in your school or organization?

Between these two forms of engagement are many other ways of implementing AI within your school.   AI learning teams can be formed around a specific project or goal and take advantage of this same 5-D process.

Positive change networks are a commonly used approach to AI.  In creating success, teams are trained in AI and given the resources to discover best practices and school strengths, while uncovering assets of value to long term change.  My role in this process is to create organization-specific training for these teams and to provide the resources for success. After teams have used this approach, my role can be to help channel all of the information gathered into solutions that accomplish the original objectives.

School boards or identified organizational leaders can create a core group inquiry. Using this model, school boards, executives or other leaders embark on a discovery mission through targeting questions, gathering narratives, and leading others by sharing the design and destiny such a process produces.

The wonderful thing about Appreciative Inquiry is that for each school, the process is unique. Sometimes my role is to provide training and resources and at other times is to function as a hands on or guiding consultant. Your starting point for moving your school towards future success is to call me, so that together we can begin determining what approach is best for your organization and who needs to be a part of the process.

You have made a great decision by embracing Appreciative Inquiry. This set of protocols will by far increase your success and the success of your school at every level.

Contact: Dr. Richard Nongard (918) 236-6116