This book, by two editors of Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning, attempts to bring about a fundamental shift in how educators think about the meetings we attend. They make the case that these gatherings are potentially the most important venue where adult and organizational learning can take place in schools, and that making more effective use of this time is the key to increasing student achievement. In Meeting Wise, the authors show why meeting planning is a high-leverage strategy for changing how people work together in the service of school improvement. To this end, they have created a meeting-planning “checklist” to develop a common language for discussing and improving the quality of meetings. In addition, they provide guidelines for readers on “wise facilitating” and “wise participating,” and also include “top tips” and common dilemmas. Simple, succinct, and practical, Meeting Wise is designed to be read and applied at every level of the educational enterprise: district leadership meetings with central office staff, charter-school management summits, principals’ meetings with teachers, professional development sessions, teacher-team meetings, and even teachers’ meetings with parents and students.
|Publisher:||Harvard Education Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Kathryn Parker Boudett is the director of the Data Wise Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Elizabeth A. City is the executive director of the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program and a lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Table of Contents
CONTENTS Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 Overview of the Book 3 How to Use This Book 5SECTION I: THINKING DIFFERENTLY1 Why Focus on Meetings? 9 Time as a Resource 9 Meetings as Powerful Learning Spaces 122 The Meeting Wise Checklist 19 Purpose 21 Process 24 Preparation 32 Pacing 343 Using the Checklist 39 Complete Agenda OverhaulGreenville Fifth-Grade Team Meeting 40 Targeting Intentional CollaborationJackson County Central Office Leadership Team 48 Targeting Adult LearningSheldon Academy Faculty Retreat 54 Targeting OutcomesHigh School Parent/Teacher Conference 58 Targeting Problem Solving Over ComplianceStatewide Quarterly Superintendents’ Meeting 61 Targeting ConnectionsNational Anti-Bullying Network Virtual Meeting 64 The Meeting Wise Agenda Template 68SECTION II: WORKING DIFFERENTLY4 Setting Up for Success 73 Foudnational Setup Tasks 73 Recurring Setup Tasks 785 Wise Facilitation 85 Keeping to (and Deviating from) the Agenda 88 Supporting Full Engagement 99 Managing Conflict 108 Maintaining Awareness of the Role You Play 1166 Wise Participation 119 Keeping to (and Deviating from) the Agenda 121 Supporting Full Engagement 124 Managing Conflict 129 Maintaining Awareness of the Role You Play 1337 Becoming Meeting Wise 141 Finding an Entry Point 142 Words to the Wise 148SECTION III: RESOURCES Selected Readings 153 Selected Protocols 155 Protocols in Brief 161 Quick Reference Guide 165 Notes 173 About the Authors 175 Index 177