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NO SIT: Rethinking Faculty Meetings

I’ve talked a lot in the past about faculty meetings but I haven’t done much about it besides talk. However, an #edchat this summer on this topic pushed me to action as part of a Challenge Based Learning (CBL) experience and the creation of this Proof of Concept Solution along with #leadershipday11.

So, here is the solution I’ve decided to pitch as a rough draft plan that could be used (or various versions of it) at faculty meetings. As part of the CBL, I’ll share the findings if this is indeed implemented or a version of it.

Goals:

  1. Utilize each faculty meeting as a learning and community-building opportunity
  2. Create a sense of play, imagination, creativity, and wonder
  3. Model the learning environment we desire in the classroom
  4. Amplify students and teachers by telling their stories
  5. Share the stage with the expertise within our school and beyond our school
  6. Connect and keep on the forefront of people’s thinking the various initiatives taking place
  7. Leverage proper communication channels for one-way communication

Before Faculty Meeting

One week prior to the faculty meeting, a Google Doc is shared with teachers that includes the following items:

  • Important Announcements and Information Table: This is the typical information that previously made up the agenda. In our new approach, this information is shared only in Doc for consumption with an area for questions or clarification to be added next to each item in the table. These can be clarified at the meeting or within the document itself.
  • Agenda Area
  • Google Moderator link for agenda item ideas and voting of most interesting
During Faculty Meeting (Agenda Possibilities)
These will emerge from various areas including the moderator.
  1. News: Any recent news and clarifications from the Doc that needs to be shared (this should be used sparingly and only for time-sensitive news)
  2. Opening: Creativity and Engagement Activity
  3. Storytelling/Community Building: Share Your Passion
  4. Innovation and Stimulation: Thought Provoking Article/Blog Post, Video (Ted Talks) or Resource Discussion
  5. Teaching and Learning Spotlight (teacher and students): SHED Target/Need, demonstration, implementation strategies, technology tool(s) used, roadblocks, assessment strategies, and opinions
  6. Q&A with Spotlight Teacher(s) and Students: short, 3-4 questions
  7. Collaborative Time to Reflect on 1-6 in the classroom or your area (perhaps KWHLAQ)
  8. From the Floor“: Ask any questions and also share thoughts from collaborative time (can be added to Google Site).
  9. (OPTIONAL) Student Presentation: We often have students that have items to discuss. While these are “sit and get”, the value is having them present to the faculty but they would be a tremendous addition so they would slot in between three and four.
Post Faculty Meeting
  • Follow up with a sampling of teachers on the value of the faculty meeting
  • As a leadership team, leverage learning walks and classroom visits to assist with ideas valuable to the school community
  • Leverage Google Moderator for faculty insights on Opening, Community Building, Innovation, and Teaching and Learning Spotlight (NOSIT)
  • Develop the agenda throughout the month by sharing at weekly admin meetings discoveries and insights that could be fall within NOSIT.
  • Maintain a Google Site with the NOSIT notes, resources, etc.
Insights
What are your thoughts on this “solution”? What is missing? What have you seen that works? doesn’t work?
As one of many possible solutions, I’d love to see this implemented because I do believe it meets all of the goals and reshapes meetings in a way that models risk-taking, collaboration, connective technologies, and engagement.
  1. chris Fancher08-05-2011

    Two things immediately stand out here: (1) Sharing a Google Doc a week prior will require thinking about the meeting by all concerned. This is a refreshing idea and too often not the case. And, (2), an expectation that we will reflect on the meeting means that there is an unwritten expectation that we will think DURING the meeting.

    I think I will refer back to these over the next few weeks as we get started on the year and we have our weekly faculty meetings.

  2. Audrey08-05-2011

    Yes! You nailed it…these strategies are effective and honor teachers as professionals. I hope to introduce these to our leadership team to maximize our efficiency and positivity in meetings!

  3. ali08-08-2011

    We have weekly faculty meetings at my school. I’d like to see this model implemented but not sure how this would work when we meet every week.

    • ryanbretag08-08-2011

      Ali:

      I can see this being a bit overwhelming on a weekly basis. It might be something that is done every third week or break a piece of this proposal into pieces brought to different meetings.

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