• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Setting up the Room
Setting up the room

Facilitating a group is a little like theater. You have a stage upon which you play, you have props, and you have a role to play. With experience, the facilitator becomes increasingly adept at managing all three.

Setting the Stage

The work of the meeting begins well before the meeting starts. That may seem to state the obvious, but the facilitator has a key role in making sure the room is conducive to the group's work. Group members should walk onto a stage that has been set.

The room and its setup will affect group interaction and dynamics. The size of the room, the arrangement of the tables and chairs, the placement and types of materials, as well as their ready ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles