Unlocking group potential to improve schools
- Garmston, Robert J.
- Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin, c2012.
- Physical description
- xviii, 258 p. : ill ; 23 cm.
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- Von Frank, Valerie.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-241) and index.
- Foreword Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction I. Getting Work Done 1. Building Effective Groups 2. Understanding Group Roles 3. Examining Decision Making 4. Creating Focused Agendas II. Developing Collaborative Communities 5. Forming Smarter Groups 6. Learning the Way Groups Talk 7. Challenging Mental Models 8. Working With Conflict III. Developing a Sense of Community 9. Becoming a Self-Directed Group 10. Enhancing Energy Sources IV. Developing Facilitation Skills 11. Developing Facilitation Skills 12. Learning the Language of Facilitation 13. Intervening Successfully 14. Setting up the Room Conclusion Appendix A: Large Group Room Configurations Appendix B: Sample Inventory Appendix C: Seven Norms of Collaboration: A Supporting Toolkit Index.
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- Publisher's Summary
- 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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Robert J. Garmston with Valerie von Frank ; foreword by Michael Fullan.