Teacher Teams That Get Results: 61 Strategies for Sustaining and Renewing Professional Learning Communities / Edition 1

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Sustaining results-oriented team efforts is hard work, and achieving diversified solutions to complex issues over time requires commitment and creativity. To support the momentum of learning communities, Teacher Teams That Get Results: 61 Strategies for Sustaining and Renewing Professional Learning Communities provides an illustrated collection of ready-to-use tools and examples of plans in action for results-oriented faculty and staff.

Focusing on the where, what, why, how, and when to use each of the 61 strategies, best-selling authors Gayle H. Gregory and Lin Kuzmich offer the tools your team needs to succeed. You will learn to: Create and sustain a growth-oriented climate that encourages feedback and builds trust, Share knowledge and skills to expand and optimize results, Build resilience, develop creative solutions, and manage change, Determine priorities and create excellence when goal setting, tying data to practice, and analyzing results. An indispensable guide for teachers, teacher leaders, and school administrators, this handbook is ideal for school and district staff serving as meeting and workshop leaders and facilitators.

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Editorial Reviews

Terry Crawley
"I enjoyed reading Teacher Teams That Get Results and anticipate using some of the activities with groups that I facilitate."
Christelle Estrada
"Excellent introduction integrates the 5 'theaters of the mind' in a brief and coherent way. I have not seen this done as well in other educational books."
William Osman
"Ready-to-use templates and clear instructions make this material user-friendly. Provides respected sources and a range of examples and applications. Especially helpful is the cross-reference matrix showing how a strategy can be used in more than one area."
Kim Bailey
"Provides flexible and relevant strategies that educational leaders can use to create a structure for meaningful conversations and moving forward in the sometimes messy business of learning communities. This book provides the nuts and bolts of getting to the big picture—something that's been needed for a while. My colleagues and I will find this guide useful in our quest to improve student learning."
Kerry Bailey
"This fits so well with work we are presently doing, and I am so pleased to see the brain research and practical strategies reflected everywhere! The authors' approach to teacher teams has been at the heart of the work I’ve been doing for the past 8 years with schools and leadership teams."
Teacher Librarian
"A remarkable volume by two authors who understand what a collaborative school is and how to make it work. This is a must-purchase. It is a book to use and use and use, and it is a solution to administrators who dream of a collaborative culture replacing a political, warring, and insular climate."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412926133
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 683,581
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gayle Gregory is an internationally known consultant who has specialized in brain compatible learning and differentiated instruction and assessment.

She presents practical teacher/student-friendly strategies grounded in sound research that educators find easy to use in the classroom or schoolhouse tomorrow. Her interactive style and modeling of strategies help teachers and administrators transfer new ideas with ease.

She has had extensive experience in elementary, middle and secondary schools, community colleges and universities. Gayle has also had district leadership roles including curriculum coordinator and staff development director. She has worked with Instructional Leadership Teams in many schools and district throughout the country focusing on data analysis, using assessment, both formative and summative, and differentiating instruction based on readiness, learning profiles and interests.

Her areas of expertise include brain-compatible learning, block scheduling, emotional intelligence, instructional and assessment practices, differentiated instructional strategies, using data to differentiate, literacy, presentation skills, renewal of secondary schools, enhancing teacher quality, coaching and mentoring, managing change and building professional learning communities.

She is the author and co-author of numerous publications for teachers and administrators.

Gayle believes in life long learning for herself and others.

Lin Kuzmich, of KCS, Inc., is an educational consultant, professor, and author from Loveland, CO. She served the Thompson School District in several roles as the assistant superintendent, executive director of secondary and elementary instruction, director of professional development, and a building principal. Her school was named a 2000 winner of the John R. Irwin Award for Academic Excellence and Improvement. In addition, for the past decade she has been involved in staff development through several universities and the Tointon Institute for Educational Change. Kuzmich is an adjunct professor at both Colorado State University and University of Northern Colorado. She is a senior consultant for the International Center for Leadership in Education, has provided training and consulting to school districts around the country, and has presented at numerous national conferences.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
About the Authors     xi
Introduction: Tools That Get Results     xiii
Purpose for This Book     xiii
What We Know About Adult Learning     xiv
Brain Bits     xv
Adult Learning Principles     xvi
Learning Styles     xvii
Initial Group Development     xviii
Team Advancement Wheel     xix
Phases of Group Development and Behaviors     xix
Benefit of Professional Learning Communities     xx
Getting the Intended Results     xx
Learning Teams That Get Results     xxi
Tools to Succeed as Teams     xxii
Getting Results     xxiv
In This Book     xxvii
Creating a Growth-Oriented Culture     1
What Is a Growth-Oriented Culture?     2
Emotional Intelligence     3
Why Do We Need a Positive Climate and Culture?     3
Risk Factors     4
Primary Purpose for the Strategies in This Section     5
ABC Conversations     6
Birthday Months     9
Community Circle     11
Concept Formation     13
Appreciating Diversity     16
Find Someone Who     20
Four-Corners Processing     25
Give and Go     27
Mapping Our Journey     29
3-2-1     33
Nominal Group Process     39
Personal, Interpersonal, Task Model (P.I.T.)     41
Processing Pause     43
Random Partners     45
Synectics     49
T Chart and Y Chart     52
Sharing Knowledge and Skills     57
The Age of Accountability     58
Habituating What We Learn     58
Communities of Learners     58
Primary Purpose for the Strategies in This Section     59
Four-Corner Cards     60
Inside-Outside Circles     63
Jigsaw     65
Know, Want to Know, Learned (KWL)     70
Perspective Lens     73
Pluses and Wishes     76
Plus, Minus, Interesting     80
Promissory Note     84
Right Angle     86
Round Robin, Round Table     88
Round the Room Brainstorming     91
Star Gazing     95
Think, Pair, Share     99
Wallpaper Poster     101
Building Resilience and Creating Solutions     105
Starting Versus Sustaining     106
Building Resilience     106
Motivation     108
Creative Solutions     109
Got Success?     109
Primary Purpose for the Strategies in This Section     109
DIP Party     110
Checking the Oil     114
Communication Matters     117
Doubling Up     120
Environmental Scanning     122
Flow     125
Force Field     127
Gallery Walk     130
Graffiti Board     133
Hot Buttons     136
Journey Mapping (Also Known as Histo-Mapping)     139
Musical Chairs     144
Parking Lot     147
Roadblock Removal     150
The Question Matters: Reviewing Student Work     154
Two Sides of the Story     159
Determining Priorities and Creating Excellence     163
Transitioning With Multiple Initiatives     164
Responsive Change     164
Setting Priorities     165
Storytelling     165
Adapting to Results     165
Goal Setting     166
The Future Focus      166
Primary Purpose for the Strategies in This Section     166
Building on Success     167
Cause-and-Effect Planning     170
Celebrations and Next Steps     175
Current Snapshot     179
Four Squares for Creativity     183
Lesson and Unit Studies     187
Prioritizing the Impact of Solutions     192
Prioritizing Work and Learning     195
Probable and Preferred Future     199
Pros and Cons     203
SWOT     206
The Interview     210
The People Ladder     214
Think Abouts     218
Data Chats     222
Putting It All Together     225
Initial Group Development     226
Sustaining Groups Over Time and Through New Initiatives     226
Putting It All Together: Examples for Implementation     230
Keeping Notes, Logging, and Our Methods     231
Keeping Your School and Team Culture and Climate Healthy     235
Summary     236
References     239
Index     245
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