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 5: Forming Smarter Groups
Forming Smarter Groups
Most of us have been part of a group that has not worked very well. Some individuals may have dominated, or not all seemed to be on the same page, or perhaps the goal for the work just wasn't clear or achievable. A few of us have been a part of a group that just clicked—and the outcome was remarkable.
What factors contribute to those groups that work? Process, surely, counts for a lot. The first section of this book is devoted to those elements that contribute to a smoother process. Other factors may be personalities of group members or good facilitation. But groups that accomplish their work seem to have an above-average ability in multiple areas—an intelligence to what they ...