You are here

Effective Group Facilitation in Education

Effective Group Facilitation in Education
How to Energize Meetings and Manage Difficult Groups

March 2004 | 224 pages | Corwin
Designed for administrators who frequently are assigned to facilitate stakeholder groups - parents, site-based management teams, faculty and staff, accountability teams, and others - this book helps facilitators keep meetings positive, productive, and efficient by managing trouble areas, dissent, deviation from the task, and by energizing the group. Besides addressing the intuitive aspect of the facilitation process, John Eller includes many strategies and templates that help groups of people work together to complete tasks, generate new ideas, and solve problems. Effective Group Facilitation in Education serves as a practical guide that fills the gap that exists between traditional meeting facilitation and "best practice" in working with others.
About the Author
1. What am I Getting Into?
Why do We Get People Together to Meet?

When Do We Use Teams?

The Impact of a Facilitator on the Effectiveness of a Group

The Unique Position of a Group Facilitator

Internal Versus External Facilitators

Characteristics of Effective Facilitators

Your Mission as a Facilitator


2. Get Ready, Get Set...
The Importance of Planning to a Successful Session

Factors to Take Into Consideration When Planning Meetings

Breaking the Meeting Tasks Into Parts

Planning for the Effective Delivery of Directions


3. Go
Setting the Proper Tone for a Meeting

The Use of Music

Foundation-Setting Activities

Good News

The Use of Framing

Active Learning Strategies

Watching Team Member Behaviors During the Start of a Meeting

Opening the Session

Setting Norms and Ground Rules


4. Connecting All Members of the Team
Interdependence/Community and Its Importance to Team Operation


Team Building

Conflict Resolution

Conflict and Chaos

Protecting Team Members During the Decision-Making Process

Protecting Team Members When Announcing the Results of Their Decisions

Keeping Uninvolved Stakeholder Groups Informed About Decision Progress


5. Reaching Peak Performance: Connecting Their Minds
The Need to Minimize/Maximize Energy

Diagnosing Group Energy

Working/Processing Combinations

Grouping and Regrouping Strategies

Other Group Processing Strategies


6. Working the Brain
Brainstorming Techniques

Brainstorming Strategies and Ideas


7. Reaching the Goal
The Problem with Goals

Typical Issues Inhibiting Goal Implementation Success and Facilitator Implications

Other Important Considerations for Success in the Goal Process


8. Putting On Your Oxygen Mask
Important Factors for Facilitators to Track

Importance of Self-Protection

Understanding Your Role as the Group Facilitator

Use of Positive Presuppositions


Use of Charts, Papers and Other Visuals to Deflect Anger

Use of Positioning in the Room

Developing an Exit Plan

Reflect Emotions/Content Back to the Group


9. Transforming a Difficult Group
What is a Difficult Group?

Problem People

Identification Strategies

Starting a Session

Music and Difficult Groups

Foundation-Setting Activities


Use of an Agenda



Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: What Am I Getting Into?

John F. Eller

John Eller has had a variety of experiences in working with adults over the years he has been in education. His experiences include work educational leaders at Virginia Tech University, developing teacher leaders in a Maters program, serving as the Executive Director of Minnesota ASCD, work as a principal’s training center director, a position as an assistant superintendent for curriculum, learning, and staff development, and several principal positions in a variety of settings. In addition to the work he does in training and supporting facilitators, John also does work in the areas of dealing with difficult people, building professional... More About Author

Also available as a South Asia Edition.

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781412904629
ISBN: 9781412904612