Book Title: Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
Author: Kathryn Parker Boudett
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 we attend. They 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 the key to increasing student achievement.
In Meeting Wise, the authors show why meeting planning 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: district leadership meetings with central office staff, charter-school management summits, principals meetings with teachers, professional development sessions, teacher-team meetings, and even teachers meetings with parents and students.