- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Education Press (August 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612506941
- ISBN-13: 978-1612506944
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Meeting Wise: Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators
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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.
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A far more pointed proposal from the ivory tower would be to eliminate the non-teaching roles that call for such meetings in the first place.
Teachers don't have time for most meetings, nor do they have much use for them, no matter how well-scripted the meeting. The only people who want most meetings are those who are compelled to call them because, if they don't, they have no job duties.
Schools would improve much faster if we could get two teachers instead of one non-teacher (same cost, after all): More teachers equals smaller classes which means better education. More non-teachers means larger classes, more meetings, and less teacher time to prepare, to teach, and to provide student feedback.
Books like this one attempt merely to fine tune a bloated and stifling bureaucracy that's concerned more with its own maintenance than its purpose.
My only problem with the book was that some of the solutions to problems don't translate across borders.