How great groups make great schools
Training leaders how to conduct effective meetings is important, but it's not enough to ensure that the professional development process is valuable. This field book shows educators how to develop group culture, enhance facilitators' skills, and optimize the group's most precious resource—its members. The authors describe how to form working committees, task forces, grade-level, and department teams, and faculties that are more effective and better equipped to resolve complex issues around student learning. Specific topics include
Understanding eight principles that underlie effective groups; Learning the five standards for effective meetings; Setting clear goals and roles; Practicing new ways of talking for improved collaboration; Examining perceptions and mental models; Enhancing energy sources; Working with conflict; Developing basic facilitation skills
This practical guide's special features include the newly updated seven norms of collaboration, a sample team assessment survey, instruments for assessing meeting effectiveness, an extensive bibliography, and practical examples embedded throughout the text. Practitioners will find a valuable road map for leading effective, student-focused school improvement efforts.
Chapter 10: Enhancing Energy Sources
Enhancing Energy Sources
Our traditional school model is based on outdated scientific conceptions of how the world works; schools are operating on a classical basis in a quantum world. Scientific metaphors formulated in the 17th century by Rene Descartes and Isaac Newton depict the universe as a machine and the world as a giant clock. The prevailing view was that the world is made up of tiny, isolated bits of matter that interacted with energy sources (Devall & Sessions, 1985). All of our understandings of the world came from this premise for nearly three centuries—that the world is basically a mechanical system and outside energy acts upon it.
The 20th century brought new understanding through quantum physics that subatomic particles are energy, not things. ...