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Our 2022-23 PCN Guiding Text: Questioning for Formative Feedback

ABPC is excited to announce that the guiding text for this year’s Powerful Conversations Network will be Jackie Acree Walsh’s Questioning for Formative Feedback: Meaningful Dialogue to Improve Learning. Please join us for a highly engaging year of networked learning as we dive deep into Jackie’s immense knowledge of this subject and gain new skills and strategies to increase learning for Alabama students.

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Cathy’s Goodbye: “Round and Round in the Circle Game”

As she retires from her leadership role, Cathy Gassenheimer recounts highlights from ABPC’s first two decades of professional learning and network building and shares her four most important lessons learned. “I am eternally grateful for all those who have made this journey so rewarding,” she writes. “The list is long, and I hope I have the opportunity to thank many of you in person as we all continue to travel on the carousel of time.”

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One Last Standing Ovation for the Cathy and Jackie Show

Baldwin County principal Dr. Robbie Smith pays tribute to the work of ABPC’s Cathy Gassenheimer and senior consultant Jackie Walsh during 20+ years of designing and facilitating professional learning for the Powerful Conversations Network, the Key Leaders Network and the Instructional Partners Network. The retiring pair have often worked in the shadows, writes Smith, “but their influence on instruction in Alabama is beyond compare.”

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