Inquiry Institute; Great results begin with great questions.

Education and the Inquiring Mindset Conference 2011

Conference Wrapup


Presentations and Workshops:


Dr. Marge Schiller on “Appreciative Inquiry: Lessons from the Field for Strength-Based Classrooms and Schools”

Dr. Marilee Adams on “The Inquiring Mindset in Education”

Kathy Telban, M.ED, CPT, SPHR, on “The Role of the Inquiring Mindset in Supporting Secondary and Postsecondary Curriculum and Assessment Alignment”



Breakout Workshops — “Hands on” workshops exploring practical applications, skills, and tools of the Inquiring Mindset for:

  1. 21st Century Skills in Learning, Life, and Business: Dr. Karen Collias and Dr. T. Waldmann-Williams
  2. Teaching as Facilitating Learning: Dr. Melinda Sinclair
  3. Coaching and Mentoring Teachers and Educational Leaders: Lee Salmon and Jim Roussin
  4. Professional Learning Communities: Jim Roussin


Speaker Bios


Marilee AdamsMarilee Adams, Ph. D.,is an author, adjunct professor, executive coach, facilitator, and professional speaker. She is president and founder of the Inquiry Institute, a consulting, coaching, and educational organization. She is also the originator of the Inquiring Mindset™ and Question Thinking™ methodologies. Marilee is the author of Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work, an Amazon bestseller in Learning in Organizations and Business. She is an adjunct professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs in their Key Executive Leadership Program.



Karen ColliasKaren Collias Ph.D., the Founder of Knowledge Without Borders, has an extensive background in educational research and project development to bring business and educational partners together to engage students in real world learning. Karen worked on education reform projects funded by the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. She continues her focus on globalization and educational equity as a visiting lecturer at Princeton University as well as in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in an international context at the Smithsonian Institution.



Jim RoussinJames L. Roussin, M.A.L.S., has worked as a language arts teacher; coordinator for gifted programs; ESL coordinator; curriculum director; executive director of teaching, learning, and school improvement; adjunct professor; and educational consultant. Roussin tri-authored Guiding Professional Learning Communities: Inspiration, Challenge, Surprise, and Meaning. He is also a national trainer for leadership development, cognitive coaching, adaptive schools, QLD (quality leadership by design)—S.M.A.R.T. goals, and program evaluation. Jim has consulted for a variety of organizations across the U.S. such as Educational Testing Service (ETS) in New Jersey to develop a coaching model for Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching.



Marjorie SchillerMarjorie Schiller has been consulting, teaching and writing about Appreciative Inquiry since the late 1980’s. Her current passion is in using AI to support strength based approaches and methods in schools and school systems. She is the co-author of Appreciative Leaders: In the Eye of the Beholder. Marge is the Executive Director of The Positive Change Corps. Boston University and Harvard University are among some of the places she has taught.



Melinda SinclairMelinda Sinclair, Ph.D., is an executive coach, curriculum designer, facilitator and educator with more than thirty years’ experience working in knowledge-based and learning-oriented environments in organizations large and small. She previously enjoyed a successful career as a researcher and lecturer in linguistics, focusing on the use of language for effective communication. She is President of PeopleDynamics Learning Inc.



Kathy TelbanKathy Telban, M. Ed., CPT, SPHR, is the Director of Curriculum and Assessment at Cuyahoga Community College and the founder and managing partner of iSOLVit, LLC, an organizational effectiveness consulting firm. Her last 12 years have been in higher education where she has been responsible for developing, implementing and improving processes and systems that support outcomes-based education and assessment while utilizing and creating a culture of inquiry.



T. Waldmann-WilliamsT. Waldmann-Williams, Ph.D., President of TWW Consulting LLC, collaborates with organizations and individuals to optimize productivity by aligning values, vision, and mission with strategy. She facilitates the alignment of strategic imperatives with measurements, processes, people, and information through integrated use of organizational effectiveness, inquiry, HR, strategic planning and implementation, process engineering, education and training, and coaching technologies. Dr. T. worked in multiple functions and organizations in AT&T for over 26 years, started her business in 1998; has taught in and presented at private and public school systems and community colleges; and has been an adjunct professor for two online universities.



Lee SalmonLee Salmon, M.S., PCC, is an executive coach, consultant, and trainer with more than 35 years experience in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. He specializes in leadership development in departments and agencies in the executive and congressional branches of the Federal government as well as private sector firms. He coaches leaders at all levels across government, including political appointees, senior executives, and senior managers, especially in scientific and technical agencies. Lee is a published author with contributions to books and journal articles on coaching to develop emotional intelligence and the use of appreciative inquiry for organizational change. He is also a consultant and coach for the CATALYST educational leadership program in Texas.