Twelve Roles of Facilitators for School Change / Edition 2

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Overview

Continuous school improvement happens when educators come together to focus on student learning and achievement, invite all stakeholders to participate in decision making, and structure communication and interaction around visible achievements. This updated edition of Twelve Roles of Facilitators for School Change shows school leaders how to become powerful agents of school change.

The author provides 55 tools to aid in the transformation and reform process, allowing all participants to develop skills that foster communication, consensus, and schoolwide support. This valuable resource outlines twelve roles based on the four main functions of effective facilitators:

  • Leading the collaboration and change process
  • Providing skills training
  • Acting as a resource consultant
  • Motivating and energizing the group

Required reading for anyone assisting in the process of school change, this book clarifies the potentially complex and confusing roles of facilitators and offers useful guidance and solutions. For ease of use, the book divides the facilitator`s job into 12 roles, each represented in a different chapter. For each role, the author gives a description of the skills and tools needed for the role, instructions for using the tools, and scenarios of how the role is implemented in a school change situation.

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Editorial Reviews

Arthur L. Costa
"Shows leaders of the educational change process how to develop the flexibility, openness, and trust needed to make change as painless and effective as possible. By acquiring the skills of the facilitator, leaders of the change process will know how to navigate uncharted pathways, develop the required skills of their fellow participants, communicate openly and honestly, seek consensus, make intelligent decisions, and solve problems amidst the dynamics of the change process itself and among the many different constituencies that are part of the process. "
Lori Grossman
"The book deals with an time-sensitive and time-intensive topic, and its worth will only be known when it is purchased and used by serious educational entities."
Lyndon Oswald
"The principles and ideas presented are not just for school improvement. Many of the materials can be used for an entire gamut of situations. There is something for everyone."
From the Foreword by Arthur L. Costa
"Shows leaders of the educational change process how to develop the flexibility, openness, and trust needed to make change as painless and effective as possible. By acquiring the skills of the facilitator, leaders of the change process will know how to navigate uncharted pathways, develop the required skills of their fellow participants, communicate openly and honestly, seek consensus, make intelligent decisions, and solve problems amidst the dynamics of the change process itself and among the many different constituencies that are part of the process."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412961134
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/13/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Williams has more than thirty five years of international consulting experience,and is noted for his expertise in group facilitation and in planning and team building methodologies. Williams' specialty is facilitating participative, interactive group workshops whether they are focused on strategic planning and consensus building or instructional methodologies for the classroom. He has conducted successful workshops on brain compatible learning and school change facilitation, and he frequently presents in the areas of cooperative learning, higher order thinking skills, and authentic assessment. With seven years' experience in teaching English as a second language in Japan and Korea, Williams is highly experienced in working with diverse populations. Thirty-six years' experience in adult training also make him a valuable resource in facilitating school change. In addition to conference workshops in 2002 in Australia and New Zealand, he has been invited three times to present workshops for teachers in Singapore. In April of 2004, Williams was the keynote speaker for 400 principals and teachers in Beijing.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction to the New Edition
Introduction
Part 1. Process Leader
1. The Architect Sees the Big Picture
2. The Carpenter Builds Consensus
3. The Contractor Steers the Process
Part 2. Skills Trainer
4. The Coach Devises Strategies
5. The Quarterback Leads the Team
6. The Sportscaster Announces the Game
Part 3. Resource Consultant
7. The Producer Organizes the Project
8. The Director Overcomes Obstacles
9. The Promoter Advertises Successes
Part 4. Group Energizer
10. The Conductor Stayes True to the Score
11. The Concertmaster Harmonizes the Environment
12. The Critic Celebrates the Performance
Epilogue
Appendices
References
Index

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