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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.

Aligning Whole-Faculty Study Groups with Staff Development Standards
Aligning whole-faculty study groups with staff development standards

Standards-based education has continued to be the rallying cry of education. Indeed, standards-based thinking not only permeates curriculum and assessment but also quality staff development. In thinking about Whole-Faculty Study Groups, then, the “cutting-edge” educator will want to ponder and answer this essential question: Will the design and implementation of Whole-Faculty Study Groups be an effective school improvement design, illustrating the highest standards for adult learning? This chapter attempts to answer this salient question and supply the reader with (a) background for professional learning standards, (b) examples of how WFSGs merge beautifully with quality staff development, and (c) a tool for assessing the effectiveness of WFSGs on the journey to ...

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