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ERIC Number: ED495528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct-21
Pages: 192
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7619-3165-2
Faculty Groups: From Frustration to Collaboration
Wheelan, Susan A.
Corwin Press
To develop high-performance teams and improve student learning and achievement educators are making changes in the way they interact with colleagues. Educators are participating in various school teams-grade level teams, vertical teams, school leadership teams, study groups, and school improvement teams. This book translates what social scientists have learned about work groups into straightforward, commonsense, practical guidelines for educators. The author provides a road map for teachers to learn how to collaborate with each other, reduce frustration, and make a significant difference in student learning and performance. Developing high performance faculty and administrative teams, educators can generate a cooperative and collegial culture, resulting in a learning environment that is second to none. To successfully develop collaborative faculty groups, points of discussion are include: (1) How groups develop, and why some groups succeed, while others fail; (2) What faculty members and leaders can do to help their groups become productive; (3) How to design, facilitate, and participate in effective meetings; (4) How multiple groups working in the same school can work together to create a collaborative school culture; and (5) How detailed surveys, assessments, instruments, and team building activities for team members can measure their skills and target areas for improvement. Educating the next generation requires help to create schools culture and establish effective and productive work groups. This handbook was written for principals, teacher leaders, and teachers on teams, educational groups such as school boards and site-based leadership councils. After the preface, this book is divided into the following sections: (1) Why Educators Should Work Together: The Case for Faculty Teamwork; (2) How Groups Develop and How Groups Get Stuck; (3) Skillful Membership; (4) Skillful Leadership; (5) Designing Effective Meetings; (6) Keeping Your Group on Track During Stage I and II; (7) Keeping Your Group on Track During Stage III and IV; (8) Intergroup Collaboration and Culture Change; (9) Supporting Teams and Providing Professional Development; and (10) Imagining a Collaborative Future: Some Stories and a Modest Proposal. A list or resources; bibliography; and an index are also included. [This book was published in Association with Corwin Press.]
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
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