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Faculty Groups

Faculty Groups
From Frustration to Collaboration

October 2004 | 192 pages | Corwin

"This is an astounding handbook for educators. What we've needed is exactly what this book provides."
-Jan Kesseling, Superintendent
Madison Loral School District, Middletown, OH

Develop high-performance teams and improve student learning and achievement!

Traditionally, the culture of teaching has been one of isolation, yet today's educators are being asked to make fundamental changes in the way they interact with their colleagues by participating in various school teams-grade level teams, vertical teams, school leadership teams, study groups, and school improvement teams, to name a few. While great in theory, the concept is often difficult in practice. Faculty Groups translates what social scientists have learned about work groups into straightforward, commonsense, practical guidelines for educators.

Believing in the efficacy of faculty teamwork, author Susan A. Wheelan 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. By 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 include:

  • How groups develop, and why some groups succeed, while others fail
  • What faculty members and leaders can do to help their groups become productive
  • How to design, facilitate, and participate in effective meetings
  • How multiple groups working in the same school can work together to create a collaborative school culture
  • How detailed surveys, assessments, instruments, and teambuilding activities for team members can measure their skills and target areas for improvement

Educators agree: no goal is more important than educating the next generation. Everyone involved helps to create the school's culture and establish effective and productive work groups. Written for principals, teacher leaders, and teachers on teams, this book can also be used by other educational groups such as school boards and site-based leadership councils.

About the Author
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
10. Imagining a Collaborative Future: Some Stories and a Modest Proposal
Resource A: Effective Member Checklist
Resource B: The Collaboration Survey
Resource C: Effective Leader Checklist
Resource D: Team Performance Checklist
Resource E: The Organizational Support Checklist

"This is an astounding handbook for educators. What we've needed is exactly what this book provides."

Jan Kesseling, Superintendent
Madison Loral School District, Middletown, OH
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