Leading Effective Meetings, Teams, and Work Groups in Districts and Schools

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ASCD, 2007 - Education - 188 pages
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Teachers share one vital characteristic with students: they function best in settings that are organized enough to provide structure and focus, yet flexible enough to respect developmental and personality differences. In Leading Effective Meetings, Teams, and Work Groups in Districts and Schools, author and veteran educator Matthew Jennings provides everything you need to help the teachers in your school or district achieve their full potential:


*An overview of the research on collaboration and what it means for educators

*Step-by-step guidelines for designing and facilitating meetings

*Strategies for avoiding and resolving conflicts among educators

*Checklists, questionnaires, and rubrics for designing, implementing, and assessing work groups and teaching teams

*Whether you're setting up a complex district-level task force or a simple school faculty meeting, this comprehensive guide will ensure that you do so as efficiently and effectively as possible. Packed with field-proven activities, worksheets, and metrics, it is an indispensable resource for all educational leaders.

  

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Contents

Section 1 Introduction
3
1 Planning and Preparing for Faculty Meetings
5
2Facilitating Faculty Meetings
12
3 Dealing with Difficult Situations
26
4 Evaluating and Improving Faculty Meetings
31
Section 2 Inclusion Teaching Teams
33
Section 2 Introduction
35
5 Understanding Inclusion Teaching Teams
37
10Understanding Committees and Task Forces
93
11 Analyzing and Decision Making for Committees and Task Forces
99
12Planning and Preparing for Committees and Task Forces
106
13Launching Committees and Task Forces
115
14Supporting Committees and Task Forces
120
15Evaluating Committees and Task Forces
128
Appendix 1
133
Appendix 2
143

6 Creating Inclusion Teaching Teams
44
7 Launching Inclusion Teaching Teams
50
8 Supporting Inclusion Teaching Teams
62
9 Evaluating Inclusion Teaching Teams
66
Section 3 Committees and Task Forces
89
Section 3 Introduction
91
Appendix 3
159
Bibliography
175
Index
179
About the Author
188
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About the author (2007)

Matthew Jennings is currently the superintendent of schools for the Alexandria Township Public School System. Prior to serving in this position, Jennings served as an assistant superintendent of schools, a director of student services, a supervisor of curriculum and instruction, and a classroom teacher. In addition to presenting at numerous state and national conferences, Jennings has served as an organizational behavior consultant to school districts throughout New Jersey. He works as an adjunct professor for Rutgers University, where he teaches courses on curriculum development, school administration, and the supervision of instruction. His work has been published in Kappan, Preventing School Failure, the New Jersey English Journal, Channels, and The Writing Teacher. His most recent publication, Leading Meetings, Teams and Work Groups in Schools and Districts, was released by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in June of 2007. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in educational administration from Rutgers University.

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