The Power of the Question

Question Resources:

Download a copy of Choice Map by Marilee Adams.   Her book Change Your Questions, Change Your Life is a good resource.  If you would like to see examples of how others have crafted AI interviews, click on this link to download these examples:  ai-interview-examples-from-prior-inquiries

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Voice of a Student – Randy Yeboah

In 2006, Randy was a grade 11 student at AY Jackson.  In February 2006, he was the first student to sign up for the jPod program (see section in this blog describing this unique and powerful program).    In November 2006, Randy was chosen to give a speech to the Minister of Education and others about the jPod program.  The program was created in response to the need to assist students who were struggling to be successful in the traditional classroom.

His speech was captured in the magazine Ontario Prospects 2006 – Follow Your Dreams.   Go to page 2 to read his powerful speech.

Randy will begin his masters in environmental studies at York University in the fall of 2011.

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Upper Grand School Board AI Workshop Resources

Nancy Nightingale and Maureen McKenna had the pleasure to facilitate an introduction to Appreciative Inquiry with 19 principals and vice-principals from the Upper Grand School Board.

Resources as promised:

Slides for Upper Grand from our introduction to AI session.

Newsletter handed out at the session.   Our contact information is on page 4.

Handout from the session with interview questions.

To learn more about jPod go to the previous post titled:  AY Jackson jPod program.

Question Resources:

Download a copy of Choice Map by Marilee Adams.   Her book Change Your Questions, Change Your Life is a good resource.   AI interview examples from prior inquiries (sample questions) from various sources.


Preview the video:  Celebrate What’s Right with the World by Dewitt Jones.  This link will take you to his site and you can preview his other movies.   A Canadian distributor of the video is International TeleFilm, I believe they have a reduced rate for educators.


During a side conversation, I mentioned this wonderful example of nature modelling an approach to building relationships between the species –  polar bear and husky dog at play.

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AY Jackson jPod Program

Information on the jPod model

jPod is a facilitated, self-directed learning program based on Appreciative Inquiry, democratic decision-making, individual timelines and a student-run Code of Care Recommendation Committee.  Students receive support in reaching particular learning goals.  A central component of the program is a vibrant, diverse community of learners that run on the Tribes principles of mutual respect and understanding.  Students are guided towards meeting the curriculum expectations for the particular credit they are pursuing.

Students in jPod can obtain credits in any course currently existing within the Toronto District School Board Choices document, including Philosophy.  Students may also obtain interdisciplinary credits which can be used towards the six needed post-secondary credits.  During the personal admission interview students specify which credit(s) they are interested in and the jPod staff determines if selection can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.   Details on jPod program.

OPC article on jPod on Transforming High School:  Appreciative Inquiry permeates education in philosophy and action.

Speech given in 2005 by Grade 12 student Randy Yeboah to Gerard Kennedy, Minister of Education.    (page 5 of TDSB Today magazine)

jPod video created by student Alex Kolodkin.

Student creates curriculum, Saeid’s Story published in Susan Drake’s book:  Creating Standards-based Integrated Curriculum: Aligning Curriculum, Content, Assessment, and Instruction.

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Ed Nichols Model for Understanding Cultural Differences

Ed Nichols’ model for the philosophical aspects of culture.  

Different  world  cultures  developed  out  of  differing  physical  environments.

These  world  views  have  differing  constructs:

  • Axiology  (values)
  • Epistemology  (way  of  knowing)
  • Logic  (principles  of  reason)
  • Process  (practice  of  reason)
Refer to ED NICHOL’S CULTURAL PHILOSOPHIES for more details.

Cultural Competence Adjudicative Boards 20100427.  Presentation on this topic, prepared  by   Robert  S.  Wright,  MSW,  RSW, Executive  Director  Child  and  Youth  Strategy,   Department  of  Community Services, Nova Scotia.

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Jasper High School

Permaculture at Jasper High School blogsite.

What ecology can teach us:  permaculture in schools.

Being the product of billions of years of evolution, ecosystems are the most resilient and successful systems on the planet; self-regulating and self-sustaining, they are the product and creators of life.

What then, can patterns found in ecology tell us about human made systems? Could it be that these principles.

Photos of Jasper HS permaculture program.

Jasper HS permaculture facebook.

Join Jasper HS permaculture conversation on twitter.

Information provided by Dustin Bajer.  Contact Dustin at:

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Design Thinking Resources

New April 20th:   Greening the Dessert a video that demonstrates the power of permaculture.  Submitted by Dustin Bajer.

Cradle to Cradle videos by William McDonough

TED 3 mins version on their China new city project

TED 20 mins full presentation 

Stamford University design thinking website

Ideo Design Company who work with David Cooperrider

Ideo story about collaboration

Another ideo video

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