Educators spend a great deal of time in meetings, many of which squander participants’ time and goodwill.
A common reason is that the meeting’s processes do not match the stated purposes of the meeting or agenda items. (Another common problem is that there are no clear, stated purposes, but that’s a subject for another day.)
The effective use of various meeting protocols can help solve that problem.
Successful school leadership and instructional teams understand when and how to use protocols to strengthen collaboration and to improve professional learning, decision making, and planning.
Protocols provide processes that ensure equitable participation, deepen understanding of the issues at hand, and lead to decisions and actions that are well understood and to which participants feel committed.
An excellent source of protocols for a variety of purposes is the National School Reform Faculty .
Because the Faculty cautions against the use of protocols by untrained facilitators, schools that develop one or more “protocol experts” are better able to support teams in selecting the most appropriate processes to accomplish their purposes.
I encourage readers to peruse these tools and to learn more about the training that maximizes their benefits for school groups.