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Friday, March 26, 2004


Peter Senge will speak at Education Forum

Peter Senge (Courtesy Photo)
Management guru Peter Senge has helped organizations in business and government around the world transform the ways in which they view themselves and the ways in which they operate. Senge has also devoted a great deal of time and thought to improving K-12 education and to helping schools, including Carlisle's, to become high-functioning learning organizations.

Senge will speak April 3 at the ninth annual Carlisle Education Forum. The program will start at 9 a.m. with Senge's presentation, followed by discussion sessions, ending at noon.

Senge's book, Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education, provides guidance and practical advice to educators. The chapter on systems thinking in the curriculum features the Carlisle Public Schools, which have been working for nearly a decade to apply learning organization principles.

Carlisle has also included systems- thinking tools in the curriculum, including behavior-over-time graphs, stock-and-flow diagrams, and computer simulations to help students see for themselves patterns and interdependencies in all kinds of subject matter — not just in math and science, but also in explorations of historical events, social trends, and literature. It can be a profoundly better way to engage children with their own learning and to develop deep understanding.

Senge, a thought-provoking speaker, addressed the first Carlisle Education Forum in 1996 and has participated in creating a vision for the schools. He returns this year to continue the conversation.

To join the conversation, attend the Forum, which will take place in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle school. Pre-registration is encouraged to assist the schools with planning. Registration at the door is also possible. To register, contact Christy Barbee, 1-978-287-6008, or Registration is $5.

Debra Lyneis is a former Carlisle resident and former Carlisle school committee member.

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