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

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A comprehensive set of tools for achieving lasting results and sustaining a professional learning community!

To help sustain the ongoing success of professional learning communities, this comprehensive resource provides an illustrated collection of ready-to-use tools and examples of plans in action for results-oriented faculty and staff meetings. Demonstrating how to use each of the 61 strategies, the authors show you how to:

  • Create 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 setting goals, tying data to practice, and analyzing results

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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: 9781412926126
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (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

About the Authors
Introduction: Tools That Get Results
Purpose for This Book
What We Know About Adult Learning
Brain Bits
Adult Learning Principles
Learning Styles
What Different Learners Need
Initial Group Development
Phases of Group Development and Behaviors
Benefit of Professional Learning Communities
Getting the Intended Results
Learning Teams That Get Results
Tools to Succeed as Teams
In This Book
1. Creating a Growth Oriented Culture
Strategy 1. ABC Conversations
Strategy 2: Birthday Month
Strategy 3: Community Circle
Strategy 4: Concept Formation
Strategy 5: Consultation Line
Strategy 6: Find Someone Who
Strategy 7: Four Corners
Strategy 8: Give and Go
Strategy 9: Mapping the Journey
Strategy 10: 3-2-1
Strategy 11: Nominal Group Process
Strategy 12: Personal, Interpersonal, Task Model (P.I.T.)
Strategy 13: Processing Pause
Strategy 14: Random Partners
Strategy 15:Synectics
Strategy 16:T Chart and Y Chart
2. Sharing Knowledge and Skills
Strategy 17: DIP Party
Strategy 18: Four Corner Cards
Strategy 19: Inside Outside Circle
Strategy 20: Jigsaw
Strategy 21: Know, Want to Know, Learned (KWL)
Strategy 22: Perspective Lens
Strategy 23: Pluses and Wishes
Strategy 24: Plus, Minus, Interesting
Strategy 25: Promissory Note
Strategy 26: Right Angle
Strategy 27: Round Robin, Round Table
Strategy 28: Round the Room Brainstorming
Strategy 29: Star Gazing
Strategy 30: Think, Pair, Share
Strategy 31: Wallpaper Poster
3. Building Resilience and Creating Solutions
Strategy 32: Checking the Oil
Strategy 33: Communication Matters
Strategy 34: Doubling Up
Strategy 35: Environmental Scanning
Strategy 36: Field Force
Strategy 37: FLOW
Strategy 38: Gallery Walk
Strategy 39: Graffiti
Strategy 40: Hot Buttons
Strategy 41: Journey Mapping (Also Known as Histo-Mapping)
Strategy 42: Musical Chairs
Strategy 43: Parking Lot
Strategy 44: Roadblock Removal
Strategy 45: The Question Matters: Reviewing Student Work
Strategy 46: Two Sides of the Story
4. Determining Priorities and Creating Excellence
Strategy 47: Building on Success
Strategy 48: Cause and Effect Planning
Strategy 49: Celebrations and Next Steps
Strategy 50: Current Snapshot
Strategy 51: Four Squares for Creativity
Strategy 52: Lesson and Unit Studies
Strategy 53: Prioritizing the Impact of Solutions
Strategy 54: Prioritizing Work and Learning
Strategy 55: Probable and Preferred Future
Strategy 56: Pros and Cons
Strategy 57: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
Strategy 58: The Interview
Strategy 59: The People Ladder
Strategy 60: Think Abouts…
Strategy 61: Data Chats
5. Putting It All Together
Part One: Initial Group Development
Part Two: Sustaining Groups Over Time and Through New Initiatives
Putting It All Together: Examples for Implementation
Keeping Notes, Logging, and Our Methods
Keeping Your School, Team Culture, and Climate Healthy

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