ERIC Number: ED396202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-23
Developing Teambuilding Skills for Collaborative Schools: Using School Counselors as a Resource.
Stickel, Sue A.
As school districts move toward collaborative school improvement, reform leaders recognize that most school personnel have had little training or experience working within schools on organized decision making teams. Teachers and staff members are being required to negotiate with each other in the process of making organizational decisions--a new responsibility for most of them. This paper proposes a workshop for training such personnel in teambuilding skills. This workshop, which could be conducted by a school counselor, is designed to take place over two half-day sessions, and consists of both didactic and experiential components. Content areas include values and beliefs for collaborative schools, active listening, components of trust, group process skills for consensus decision making, and conflict resolution. Each content area includes experiential activities which enable participants to practice skills. An appendix presents directions for conducting the three exercises contained in the workshop: (1) Self-Disclosure and Active Listening; (2) Paraphrasing, Reflecting, Summarizing; and (3) Conflict Resolution Skill Practice. Contains 10 references. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (19th, Cambridge, MA, February 21-24, 1996).