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APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY: Change at the Speed of Imagination, SECOND EDITION by Ralph Kelly, Bernard Mohr, Jane Magruder Watkins

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Case Story

Building Momentum for Sustainable Changes in Education: Toronto District School Board

Sue Derby, Maureen McKenna, Karen Leckie, and Nancy Nightingale

Focus of the Appreciative Inquiry

Imagine Student Success: building momentum for sustainable changes in education

Client

The Toronto District School Board is the fourth-largest school board in North America, with over 550 schools, 270,000 students, and 16,000 teachers. More than eighty languages are spoken in this educational system.

Sue Rowan, then system superintendent of leadership and development for TDSB was eager to explore the idea of “beginning to shift the conversation” in the system using Appreciative Inquiry. She just needed a place to start sowing the seeds of change. The ...

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