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Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators

Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators

by Kathryn Parker Boudett, Elizabeth A. City
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612506944
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 122,294
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(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


Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Overview of the Book 3
How to Use This Book 5


1 Why Focus on Meetings? 9
Time as a Resource 9
Meetings as Powerful Learning Spaces 12

2 The Meeting Wise Checklist 19
Purpose 21
Process 24
Preparation 32
Pacing 34

3 Using the Checklist 39
Complete Agenda Overhaul
Greenville Fifth-Grade Team Meeting 40

Targeting Intentional Collaboration
Jackson County Central Office Leadership Team 48

Targeting Adult Learning
Sheldon Academy Faculty Retreat 54

Targeting Outcomes
High School Parent/Teacher Conference 58

Targeting Problem Solving Over Compliance
Statewide Quarterly Superintendents’ Meeting 61

Targeting Connections
National Anti-Bullying Network Virtual Meeting 64

The Meeting Wise Agenda Template 68


4 Setting Up for Success 73
Foudnational Setup Tasks 73
Recurring Setup Tasks 78

5 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 116

6 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 133

7 Becoming Meeting Wise 141
Finding an Entry Point 142
Words to the Wise 148

Selected Readings 153
Selected Protocols 155
Protocols in Brief 161
Quick Reference Guide 165

Notes 173
About the Authors 175
Index 177

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