The latest research about improving education shows that when educators work together to examine data, brainstorm strategies, implement those strategies, and check the data again, student achievement rises. These processes are well known and effective. What is often overlooked or taken for granted is the process the educators will use to work with one another and find effective solutions. It is easy to say that educators will just meet with each other and work these things out. However, as we have learned with students, people are not born with all of the skills to work in teams. This book teaches a process that will help both teachers and administrators plan for and conduct meetings that are meaningful, useful, and that generate results.
Steven A. Schiola worked for thirty years as an elementary teacher, elementary principal, and staff development coordinator in Colorado schools. He recently retired from public education and founded Open Road Consulting LLC. Learn more at www.openroadllc.com
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1 - The role of the facilitator Chapter 3 Chapter 2 - Getting to the nut! How to clearly understand the problem Chapter 4 Chapter 3 - Ensuring the right people are in the room Chapter 5 Chapter 4 - Finding the purpose of the organization and the meeting Chapter 6 Chapter 5 - The power of using working agreements Chapter 7 Chapter 6 - Effective decision making strategies Chapter 8 Chapter 7 - Making sure that every voice is heard Chapter 9 Chapter 8 - Putting it all together Chapter 10 Chapter 9 - Evaluation and accountability Chapter 11 Chapter 10 - Looking for and celebrating success Chapter 12 Chapter 11 - Now that you finished the process, it is time to start over. Included is a process for data conversations about student achievement. Chapter 13 Chapter 12 - What do you do if? Strategies to deal with group issues. Chapter 14 Chapter 13 - Resources for facilitators Chapter 15 Chapter 14 - Materials for successful facilitation