by Kathryn Parker Boudett and Elizabeth A. City
Placement: Teacher shelf
What’s the scarcest resource in schools? Almost any educator will answer, “Time.” The lack of time for colleagues to work together is one of the biggest barriers to improving teaching and learning. All too often, educators also say that the biggest waste of time ismeetings. People in schools attend dozens, if not hundreds, of meetings a year. How can that time be used wisely?
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 they attend. The authors 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 an important key to increasing student achievement.
In Meeting Wise, the authors show why planning meetings 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, from district leadership meetings and professional development sessions to teacher-team meetings and even teachers’ meetings with parents and students.
by Joseph Conrad
Placement: Teacher shelf
Conflict arises in every relationship: within families, partnerships, groups, and nations. Whether a dispute turns destructive or constructive often depends on how it is handled. ""Managing Conflict Resolution"" examines the causes of conflict in homes, schools, and the wider world. It also explores different methods people have developed to guide conflicts to positive 'win/win' resolutions. History and current events topics covered include: the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Laramie Treaty of 1868; the creation of the U.S. Constitution; the relationship between Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda; how leaders such as Cesar Chavez use conflict resolution in labor disputes; and, how former gang members work together to stop gang violence.