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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.

Intervening Successfully
Intervening successfully

In-ter-ven-tion:An action taken in order to change what is happening or might happen in order to prevent something undesirable or improve group performance.

“Who do you think you are?”

The group's facilitator could read the reaction on the faces of her colleagues. As a team member, this woman was not a hired or highly experienced facilitator. But the group had committed to rotating the facilitator role every few months to allow those who wanted to develop leadership skills to gain facilitation experience. It happened that this facilitator's turn came as the group was beginning to make several crucial decisions about key aspects of its work. I was visiting the school and was observing the team, no doubt adding to the facilitator's discomfort.

Facilitation is hard ...

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