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William Purkey
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John Novak
An Introduction to Invitational Theory
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This introduction to Invitational Theory provides a concise description of all components of the Invitational Theory Model.
John Young
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Allyson Schoenlein
School Transformation Made Simple with the IE Toolkit
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Learn how the IE Toolkit provides a simple & effective framework for academic success and positive climate through Invitational Education.
William PurkeyAn Introduction to the Metaphor of Blue and Orange Cards
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A brief description of the Blue and Orange Metaphor used in IE to label inviting and disinviting words and actions, and their power to influence the self-concept of others.
William PurkeyAn Invitational View of Human Motivation

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This article identifies three apparent misconceptions about human motivation and explains how
Invitational Education provides a better understanding of human behavior.
John NovakDemocratic EthosAn excerpt from Inviting School Success, 4th ed., in which Dr. Novak describes democratic ethos as a guiding principle and commitment to the conditions and
processes that make understanding, mutual respect, and continuous
dialogue possible.
Betty SiegelSonny's StoryA true story of how an inviting teacher with an optimistic approach and a pair of glasses changed the trajectory of a little boy’s success in school and life.
Joan FretzCreating Optimal Learning Environments Through Invitational Education: An Alternative to Control-Oriented School ReformAn explanation of why IE provides a more effective alternative to today’s control-oriented approach to school reforms.
William Purkey
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John Novak
Blue and Orange Metaphor RevisitedAn earlier article introducing the Blue & Orange card Metaphor to those not familiar with a color-coded way of thinking about Invitational Education. The Metaphor provides Invitational Educators with a simple way to explain the complexity of Invitational Education.
William PurkeyA Hallowed DutyA reminder to all educators of an “almost sacred duty of teachers” to provide a learning environment of intentional care, optimism, respect, and trust.
William PurkeyCorollaries of Invitational TheoryCorollaries of Invitational Theory explore many principles of Invitational Theory. Assuming that people choose their behavior and that people are always motivated, the corollaries are highly applicable to any professional or personal environment.
John YoungMaking Systems Theories Work Through an Invitational FrameworkHow Clarkson Community HS (Australia) based successful school reform efforts on Visible Learning and an Invitational Framework
John YoungWe’re Not in Kansas Anymore: A Learning Journey for Clarkson CHSHow Invitational Theory provides a unique language of transformation for the school culture from awareness, to understanding, to application, to adoption.
Johane LigondeCreating a Culture of Peace in Middle School from the Inside-OutHow a NY Middle School incorporates mindful breathing exercises and bio/social emotional learning in an invitational framework to transform student and staff behavior.
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