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Unlocking Group Potential to Improve Schools / Edition 1
     

Unlocking Group Potential to Improve Schools / Edition 1

by Robert J. Garmston
 

ISBN-10: 1412998891

ISBN-13: 9781412998895

Pub. Date: 04/24/2012

Publisher: SAGE Publications

How great groups make great schools

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

Overview

How great groups make great schools

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412998895
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
902,320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

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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