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Teacher Teams That Get Results

Teacher Teams That Get Results
61 Strategies for Sustaining and Renewing Professional Learning Communities

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January 2007 | 280 pages | Corwin

"Ready-to-use templates and clear instructions make this material user-friendly and clear. Especially helpful is the cross-reference matrix showing how a strategy can be used in more than one area."
—William Osman, President
New Jersey Staff Development Council

"An excellent introduction integrates the five 'theaters of the mind' in a brief and coherent way."
—Christelle Estrada, Director of Professional Development Services
Salt Lake City School District, UT

A comprehensive set of tools for achieving lasting results and sustaining a professional learning community!

Sustaining results-oriented team efforts is hard work, and achieving diversified solutions to complex issues over time requires commitment and creativity. To support the momentum of learning communities, Teacher Teams That Get Results: 61 Strategies for Sustaining and Renewing Professional Learning Communities provides an illustrated collection of ready-to-use tools and examples of plans in action for results-oriented faculty and staff.

Focusing on the where, what, why, how, and when to use each of the 61 strategies, best-selling authors Gayle H. Gregory and Lin Kuzmich offer the tools your team needs to succeed. You will learn to:

  • Create and sustain a growth-oriented climate that encourages feedback and builds trust
  • Share knowledge and skills to expand and optimize results
  • Build resilience, develop creative solutions, and manage change
  • Determine priorities and create excellence when goal setting, tying data to practice, and analyzing results

An indispensable guide for teachers, teacher leaders, and school administrators, this handbook is ideal for school and district staff serving as meeting and workshop leaders and facilitators.

About the Authors
Introduction: Tools That Get Results
Purpose for This Book  
What We Know About Adult Learning  
Brain Bits  
Adult Learning Principles  
Learning Styles  
What Different Learners Need  
Initial Group Development  
Phases of Group Development and Behaviors  
Benefit of Professional Learning Communities  
Getting the Intended Results  
Learning Teams That Get Results  
Tools to Succeed as Teams  
In This Book  
1. Creating a Growth Oriented Culture
Strategy 1. ABC Conversations  
Strategy 2: Birthday Month  
Strategy 3: Community Circle  
Strategy 4: Concept Formation  
Strategy 5: Consultation Line  
Strategy 6: Find Someone Who  
Strategy 7: Four Corners  
Strategy 8: Give and Go  
Strategy 9: Mapping the Journey  
Strategy 10: 3-2-1  
Strategy 11: Nominal Group Process  
Strategy 12: Personal, Interpersonal, Task Model (P.I.T.)  
Strategy 13: Processing Pause  
Strategy 14: Random Partners  
Strategy 15:Synectics  
Strategy 16:T Chart and Y Chart  
2. Sharing Knowledge and Skills
Strategy 17: DIP Party  
Strategy 18: Four Corner Cards  
Strategy 19: Inside Outside Circle  
Strategy 20: Jigsaw  
Strategy 21: Know, Want to Know, Learned (KWL)  
Strategy 22: Perspective Lens  
Strategy 23: Pluses and Wishes  
Strategy 24: Plus, Minus, Interesting  
Strategy 25: Promissory Note  
Strategy 26: Right Angle  
Strategy 27: Round Robin, Round Table  
Strategy 28: Round the Room Brainstorming  
Strategy 29: Star Gazing  
Strategy 30: Think, Pair, Share  
Strategy 31: Wallpaper Poster  
3. Building Resilience and Creating Solutions
Strategy 32: Checking the Oil  
Strategy 33: Communication Matters  
Strategy 34: Doubling Up  
Strategy 35: Environmental Scanning  
Strategy 36: Field Force  
Strategy 37: FLOW  
Strategy 38: Gallery Walk  
Strategy 39: Graffiti  
Strategy 40: Hot Buttons  
Strategy 41: Journey Mapping (Also Known as Histo-Mapping)  
Strategy 42: Musical Chairs  
Strategy 43: Parking Lot  
Strategy 44: Roadblock Removal  
Strategy 45: The Question Matters: Reviewing Student Work  
Strategy 46: Two Sides of the Story  
4. Determining Priorities and Creating Excellence
Strategy 47: Building on Success  
Strategy 48: Cause and Effect Planning  
Strategy 49: Celebrations and Next Steps  
Strategy 50: Current Snapshot  
Strategy 51: Four Squares for Creativity  
Strategy 52: Lesson and Unit Studies  
Strategy 53: Prioritizing the Impact of Solutions  
Strategy 54: Prioritizing Work and Learning  
Strategy 55: Probable and Preferred Future  
Strategy 56: Pros and Cons  
Strategy 57: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats  
Strategy 58: The Interview  
Strategy 59: The People Ladder  
Strategy 60: Think Abouts…  
Strategy 61: Data Chats  
5. Putting It All Together
Part One: Initial Group Development  
Part Two: Sustaining Groups Over Time and Through New Initiatives  
Putting It All Together: Examples for Implementation  
Keeping Notes, Logging, and Our Methods  
Keeping Your School, Team Culture, and Climate Healthy  

"I enjoyed reading Teacher Teams That Get Results and anticipate using some of the activities with groups that I facilitate."

Terry Crawley, Coordinator for School Planning and Professional Development
Archdiocese of Louisville, KY

"Excellent introduction integrates the 5 'theaters of the mind' in a brief and coherent way. I have not seen this done as well in other educational books."

Christelle Estrada, Director of Professional Development Services
Salt Lake City School District, UT

"Ready-to-use templates and clear instructions make this material user-friendly. Provides respected sources and a range of examples and applications. Especially helpful is the cross-reference matrix showing how a strategy can be used in more than one area."

William Osman, President
New Jersey Staff Development Council

"Provides flexible and relevant strategies that educational leaders can use to create a structure for meaningful conversations and moving forward in the sometimes messy business of learning communities. This book provides the nuts and bolts of getting to the big picture—something that's been needed for a while. My colleagues and I will find this guide useful in our quest to improve student learning."

Kim Bailey, Director of Staff Development
Capistrano Unified School District, CA

"This fits so well with work we are presently doing, and I am so pleased to see the brain research and practical strategies reflected everywhere! The authors' approach to teacher teams has been at the heart of the work I’ve been doing for the past 8 years with schools and leadership teams."

Kerry Bailey, Literacy Consultant
Maine Department of Education

"A remarkable volume by two authors who understand what a collaborative school is and how to make it work. This is a must-purchase. It is a book to use and use and use, and it is a solution to administrators who dream of a collaborative culture replacing a political, warring, and insular climate."

Teacher Librarian, June 2007
Key features
  • 61 ready-to-implement strategies for results-oriented faculty and staff meetings
  • Each strategy covers the where, what, why, how, and when of implementation
  • Each strategy provides all necessary graphic organizers and examples of the strategy in action
  • A "one-stop shopping guide" for facilitation tools for principals, staff developers, teacher leaders, and school/district administrators

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ISBN: 9781412926133