Peer Feedback Groups
International School teaching assignments can be very rewarding and enabling, compared to teaching in our home countries, where budgets and bureaucracy can be restrictive. However, the International School environment can also impede professional development and innovation due to the difficulty in implementing systems to capture and share knowledge because of the relatively short period of time teachers and administrators spend at any one school. This instability leads to a lack of trust and investment in relationships that can be a powerful force in improving student learning.
This program has been influenced by the NSRFs Critical Friends Groups concept and is intended to help schools create peer feedback groups that will enable a culture of peer observations, collaboration and consultative communication. This program is based on the premise that: peer observations and collaboration are the exception and not the norm; leaders have a tendency of talking around feedback and not being ‘critical’; and that individuals have been trained to work as independent units.
Working from this premise, the facilitator will work with the school in advance of the workshop to help its administrators identify the problem that peer feedback groups will address, introduce a process for getting buy in and identify measures for evaluating the performance of the peer feedback groups. As the program progresses we will continue to coach the groups and introduce new tools and protocols that will encourage observations and greater collaboration, in addition to help groups capture knowledge that can benefit the entire school.
This program is designed for school staff that have a stake in improving student learning, including administrators and teaching assistants. It is recommended that participants have a say in selecting the groups they will participate in and that these groups have between 6 and 10 people. It is further recommended that each group is representative of the whole school.
- Clearly Communicate the Mission and Ensure Stakeholder Buy-In;
- Share beliefs about leadership and student learning;
- Build trust through a collaborative norming process;
- Define the roles and responsibilities essential to each group;
- Understand how to use and develop Protocols;
- Hone collaborative communication skills;
- Learn how to give and receive feedback;
- Encourage observations and data-based feedback; and
- Develop a Knowledge Management System.
Initial Peer Group Engagement
This workshop is intended to be delivered with the second day taking place with at least 2-4 weeks after the conclusion of the first workshop. The second day, the facilitator will observe and coach each peer group as they meet for the first time and work through a protocol agreed on during Day 1 of the training.
Day 1: Morning
- Implicit Leadership Beliefs
- Essential Agreements
- Establishing Roles
- Meeting Protocols
Day 1: Afternoon
- Collaborative Communication
- Role play peer group meeting scenarios
- Identify Consultative Protocol for Day 2 Coaching Session
- 2 Hour Coaching Sessions with each Peer Group
This workshop is available for facilitation in English. All written materials will be in English to support the schools working language environment.
Limited to 48 participants per facilitator (Exceptions can be made to include more).