ERIC Number: EJ745656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
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Unleashing the Energy
Educational Leadership, v64 n1 p91-92 Sep 2006
Most scheduled gatherings of teachers are, in fact, meetings at which teachers yawn their way through lists of informational items announced and commented on by the principal. If any clear communication results from those meetings, it takes place in the parking lot long after the official meeting has ended. Good faculty meetings should be productive gatherings filled with creative collaboration and teacher learning. In this article, the author, who is also the principal at Pleasant Hill School in Palatine, Illinois, describes how she and her faculty members changed the way they conduct their meetings at their school. Realizing that they needed a structure and a "modus operandi" for faculty to meaningfully participate in the school improvement goals, they formed five standing voluntary committees: (1) Teaching and learning; (2) Safety and discipline; (3) Staff Development; (4) Communication; and (5) Budget. Each committee met monthly, and their faculty meetings soon connected directly to committee's work. In addition, they also established ground rules that made their meetings productive as well as democratic.
Descriptors: Staff Meetings, Teacher Participation, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Participative Decision Making, Transformational Leadership, Case Studies, Group Dynamics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois