How to start a professional development session off on a positive note.
To compensate for the fact that our LSC covers 15 schools in 13 districts, we have a coordinating council that consists of a representative from each school. Their role is to facilitate professional development at their site and to serve as a communication link between their school, the project staff, and the other schools in the LSC. At our last meeting, we asked each representative to think of a success they had had at their site since our previous meeting. We then went around the room with each representative having a minute (timed) to tell their story. Hearing 15 minutes of uninterrupted successes was very encouraging and seemed to invigorate everyone present. We had our best meeting yet!
Will it work when we try it again or was it a one-shot wonder?
Laura Van Zoest,