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Critical Friends Groups

Colleagues learning together overtime

Linda Kerr

on 13 August 2010

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Transcript of Critical Friends Groups

Critical Friends Group "Who needs another critical friend?" What is a critical friends group? Member's Roles Purpose A CFG in action Crticical Friends Groups are designed to
Create a professional learning community
Make teaching practices explicit and public
Work collaboratively in democratic reflective communities
Sustained PD based on inquiry
Provide a context to understand our work
Help educators help each other
Improve teaching and learning
Colleagues learning together over time Group of six to ten educators
who meet monthly for at
least two hours to have stuctured
professional conversations about their work. What do teachers do in a Critical Friends Group? Study their teaching practices
Build shared knowledge base
Talk in depth about student work
Teacher tasks
Professional issues The CFG Meeting
First meeting set norms
Thirty minutes focusing on
agreed upon reading, or a video
One hour stuctured conversation on presenters work
Plan the next meeting

Process Observer
Responders Reference/Resource References
Barnes,F.D.. Making school improvement part of daily life. Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Retrieves June 9, 2010 from http:www.annenerginstite.org/tools/guide/SIGuide
Easton, L.B..2008. Powerful Designs for Professional Learning. Oxford, OH. National Staff Development Council
Unknown. Critical friends: A process built on reflection. Retrieved June 9, 2010 from http://www.depts.washington.edu/ccph/pdf_files/
Gray, J.. 2002. Text based protocol "4 A's". Critical Friends Group Coaches Manual. The National School Reform Faculty. pp 116-117.

Innovations in professional collaboration: A community of learners. Critical Issues in School Reform. Annenberg Media. Retrieved June 5, 2010 from: http:www.learner.org/resources/series109.html?pop=yes&pid=1284#

Critical Elements
Collaborative culture
Voluntary Attendance
Rotating roles
Authentic Work Conclusion

"When teachers learn together they
pool knowledge and expand their abilities to
reach all students." (Easton.114)
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