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Faculty & Research

Deborah Helsing

Lecturer on Education

Deborah Helsing

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education, (2003); Ed.M., University of Michigan, (1991)
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Office:  Larsen 422


Deborah Helsing, Ed.D., is a lecturer on education, teaching Adult Development, Immunity to change and co-teaching Practicing Leadership Inside and Out. She also provides individualized executive coaching to high potential educational leaders as part of the Doctor of Educational Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program. In addition to her faculty appointment at HGSE, Helsing is a co-director at Minds at Work, an organization assisting individuals, teams, and organizations to make personal and collective change. Helsing's publications include co-authoring, An Everyone Culture (2016), Right Weight/Right Mind (2016), and Change Leadership (2006). She holds a B.A. in English from Grinnell College, a master's degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate from HGSE.

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Dissertation Research Grant, Association for Moral Education,(2002)


An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization (with Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, Matthew Miller, and Andy Fleming), (2016).

Right Weight, Right Mind: The ITC Approach to Permanent Weight Loss (with Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey), (2014).

The Immunity to Change Coach’s Guide (with Lisa Lahey and Robert Kegan), (2011).

Human Development. In R.A. Couto (Ed.), Political and civic leadership: A reference handbook. (Vol. 2, pp. 678-687), (2010).

“Unlocking Leadership Potential: Overcoming Immunities to Change” (with Lisa Lahey) in Extraordinary Leadership: Addressing the Gaps in Senior Executive Development, (2010).

Learning to walk; walking to learn: Reconsidering the walkthrough as an improvement strategy. (with R. Lemons) Phi Delta Kappan, 90(7), 478-484, (2009).

Leadership practice communities: Improving teaching and learning. (with R. Lemons) Leadership, 38(1), 14-17, 38, (2008).

High quality teaching and learning: Do we know it when we see it (and when we don't)? (with R. Lemons) Education Canada, 48(5), 14-18, (2008).

Putting the "development" in professional development: Understanding and overturning educational leaders' immunities to change. (with A. Howell, R. Kegan, & L. Lahey. Harvard Educational Review, 78(3), 437-465, (2008).

Style of knowing regarding uncertainties. Curriculum Inquiry, 37(1), 33-70, (2007).

Regarding uncertainty in teachers and teaching. Teaching and Teacher Education, 23(8), 1317-1333, (2007).

Change leadership: A practical guide to transforming our schools. ( with T. Wagner, R. Kegan, L. Lahey, R. Lemons, J. Garnier, A. Howell, & H. Thurber Rasmussen. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, (2006).

Best Practices For Leading Professional Development (with A. Howell), (2004).

"Applying Constructive-Developmental Theories of Adult Development to ABE and ESOL practices" (with E. Drago-Severson and R. Kegan) in Review of Adult Learning and Literacy (ed. by J. Comings, B. Garner, and C. Smith), (2004).

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