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Master one of today's most successful school reform and school improvement strategies!

The Whole-Faculty Study Group (WFSG) System is a student-centered, teacher-driven process for facilitating major staff development and schoolwide change. When applied properly, it has produced extraordinary results for thousands of educators and students in schools and school districts across the country.

The Whole-Faculty Study Groups Fieldbook is a comprehensive guide to applying the WFSG process. Edited by Dale Lick and Carlene Murphy, this practical manual provides concrete strategies for implementing and sustaining a school improvement process in any environment. Offering extensive experience, each contributor explores a different aspect of Whole-Faculty Study Groups and supplies lessons learned and many first-hand examples of successful school reform and student performance enhancement. Written to complement existing resources or serve as a stand-alone guide, this book will

Demonstrate how concepts can be applied in a variety of school improvement efforts; Present relevant strategies and activities; Illustrate how to use suggestions in real-world situations; Highlight critical concepts through extensive case examples; Provide helpful tips and lessons learned; Explain how findings can be applied to professional learning communities

Offering numerous illustrations of the WFSG System in action and a comprehensive collection of tools for initiating and sustaining successful improvement programs, this fieldbook is an essential resource for K-12 administrators, staff developers, and teachers involved with any type of school transformation effort.

Increasing Teacher Learning to Improve Student Learning
Increasing teacher learning to improve student learning

A guiding principle of the Whole-Faculty Study Group (WFSG; see Murphy & Lick, 2005) student-based, professional-development philosophy is, “Students are first.” The maxim that to be able to take care of others, one must take care of one's self holds true in education. The most significant way to affect student learning and increase student achievement is to affect those who facilitate learning, the teachers. When teacher learning becomes a priority, student achievement increases. When teachers learn, students learn.

As society changes, the needs of our students also change. Teachers must identify and implement research-based practices that address the needs of today's students. Professional learning is required to meet these needs. However, finding ...

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