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Whole-Faculty Study Groups
Creating Professional Learning Communities That Target Student Learning

Third Edition
  • Carlene U. Murphy - National Whole-Faculty Study Groups Center
  • Dale W. Lick - Florida State University Learning Systems Institute and Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Foreword by Shirley Hord


November 2004 | 384 pages | Corwin

"This third edition from Murphy and Lick is a superb resource and a must read for all educators involved in the improvement of education. It should be in the hands of individuals from the state department of education to the classroom teacher, for it speaks to all layers of the system, and to the role that each person must play to assure successful learning for all students."
-From the Foreword by Shirley Hord, Scholar Emerita
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory

"Planning is an important thing. What Whole-Faculty Study Groups has done for us is to ensure that we never forget that implementation is the only thing."
Jack Ernst, Superintendent
Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO

One of the most successful and exciting approaches to staff development, school reform, and systemic change in education today!

Used by hundreds of schools and school districts across the country, the Whole-Faculty Study Group (WFSG) System is a student-driven, holistic process for facilitating major staff development and schoolwide change.

While providing a step-by-step methodology for the development and implementation of successful WFSGs, this newest edition of Murphy and Lick's groundbreaking bestseller incorporates the most current theoretical concepts on change, the latest refinements to change management procedures, and a wealth of new experiences from more than two thousand individual study groups.

Other significant revisions to this edition include:

  • Three additional chapters: the research foundation for WFSGs, how to recognize and understand school culture, and fourteen key findings
  • A reorganization of chapters to make the book even more reader-friendly
  • New material on timely topics such as "learning communities" and "learning teams"
  • An increased focus on assessment of student results
  • Updated sets of resources and illustrations in the appendix

WFSGs are a proven way to successfully reform, improve, and transition schools to meet tomorrow's needs. Filled with real-world examples and illustrative cases, this book provides both the practical knowledge and the theoretical foundation necessary to negotiate the societal, organizational, and cultural barriers affecting education.

This new edition is essential for administrators, teachers, and staff in K-12 schools, as well as district level administrators, teachers of education, and anyone interested in increasing student learning.


Shirley M. Hord
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction
 
2. Enabling Faculties to Become Professional Learning Communities
 
3. What the Research Tells Us
 
4. Context: Conditions That Facilitate Change
 
5. Recognizing and Understanding School Culture
 
6. Process: A Proven Structure for Collaboration
 
7. Identifying Student Needs for Targeted Study: The Seven-Step Decision-Making Cycle
 
8. Content: Curriculum and Instructional Strategies
 
9. Supporting Synergistic Groups and Learning Teams
 
10. Sustaining School Improvement Efforts
 
11. Success: Learning From National, State, District, and Local School Experiences
 
12. Fourteen Key Lessons
 
Resource A: Forms
 
Resource B: Workbook for the Decision-Making Cycle
 
Resource C: WSFG Rubric
 
Resource D Clarke Middle School
 
Resource E: More Action Plans and Logs
 
Resource F: The Instructional Council
 
Recommended Reading
 
References
 
Index

"Planning is an important thing. What Whole-Faculty Study Groups has done for us is to ensure that we never forget that implementation is the only thing."

Jack Ernst, Superintendent
Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO

"This third edition from Murphy and Lick is a superb resource and a must read for all educators involved in the improvement of education. It should be in the hands of individuals from the state department of education to the classroom teacher, for it speaks to all layers of the system, and to the role that each person must play to assure successful learning for all students."

From the Foreword by Shirley Hord, Scholar Emerita
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory

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Foreword by Shirley Hord

Preface


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