The adapted mri problem solving model became a

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members of the community. The adapted MRI problem-solving model became a mainstay across many types of interactions. Capability 2: Reading a school climate. Prior experiences as a teacher and school counselor had taught Vangstad to read the climate of a school. She knew what worked in schools and what did not. To be attuned to meaningful changes within the school, she made frequent measurements of the school's climate by consulting with various players. For example, she
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regularly met with the director of the cafeteria to elicit her thoughts about which children seemed to need help. In addition, she consulted daily with her principal and teachers, both formally and informally. In summary, she monitored the school climate by connecting with many sources and by receiving sufficient and accurate information for her decision making. Capability 3: Acting contextually. Given Vangstad's capabilities of thinking both theoretically and systemically as well as reading a school's climate, she responded contextually by introducing a new, but natural and familiar, "language" that was easy for all to understand--the language of problem solving. Banished were jargon words (e.g., self-esteem, empowerment) and more abstract concepts of the behavior-discipline approach (e.g., punishment, rewards) that the school had implemented prior to Vangstad's arrival. In their place, concrete words and phrases matched the level of the children's language development. Repeatedly, she would ask, "What is the problem?" and "What have you tried so far?" Thus, the counselor introduced a problem-solving language that fit the specific context of her particular school and began to modify how problems were conceptualized and approached. Vangstad taught the teachers the language of problem solving, so that she and they could converse using the familiar terms. A unique bond developed over time with various teachers as she regularly consulted with them individually. One said, "Problem solving is definitely Claudia's mode. If something doesn't work, try something else. Why blunder in the same old path if it's not working. I think it's something I had to develop." Another teacher's comment further illustrates the problem-solving language: "Claudia works one-on-one to help us understand students' problems and to let students solve their own problems so they don't need her." Vangstad herself gave the researchers an example of a girl "with a chip on her shoulder," using the blunt, straightforward language that characterized the emerging problem-solving culture: I didn't like her either--like fingers on the chalkboard. But there's always some reason why kids have problems. She knows we're on her side. She knows we know what's going on at home. Had the worst case of head lice I've ever seen. Things are better now. Beautiful little girl. We've worked with her on how to avoid trouble by problem solving.
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