In this episode, Robert Feirsen and Seth Weitzman discuss their forthcoming book, "From Conflict to Collaboration: A School Leader's Guide to Unleashing Conflict's Problem-Solving Power." Leaders in education often commiserate about the challenges of dealing with conflict in their schools and districts. Many lack the tools needed to productively confront tensions in their communities and consequently avoid addressing substantive deep-rooted issues such as inequity out of fear of sparking controversy. Feirsen and Weitzman argue for Conflict Agility rather than Conflict Avoidance and advocate for education programs to begin teaching students practical skills that will enable them to address conflict, for instance applying techniques such as Design Thinking that will also help their communities grow stronger together.
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Robert Feirsen, Ed.D | Associate Professor at Manhattanville College and Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program | Middle School Principal for 27 years in the Herricks (Long Island) and Mamaroneck (Westchester County) school districts
Seth Weitzman, Ed.D | Adjunct Professor in Education Leadership Department at Mercy College and Coordinator of the Educational Leadership program | Previously served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools.