A CFG consists of approximately 8-12 educators who come together voluntarily at least once a month for about 2 hours to learn from each other's strengths and challenges. Participants bring professional dilemmas and student work from their own teaching practices, then use protocols to structure the conversation. Sometimes CFGs discuss articles about best practices and review data on student achievement.
I lead a CFG that has met monthly since 2002. Our current members teach at Salmon Bay, Thornton Creek, Meridian,
Graham Hill, and Washington Middle School. Below is a sampling of protocols and materials we commonly use in our CFG. You can also find many protocol resources on the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF) website.
Looking at Student Work
- Tuning Protocol
- Collaborative Assessment
- Sample Questions for the Collaborate Assessment
- Why Use the Collaborate Assessment
- Looking at Patterns in Student Work
- Clearness Committee, from Parker Palmer's Courage and Renewal work
- Choosing a Dilemma for the Consultancy
- Preparing your Dilemma for the Consultancy
- Peeling the Onion
- Tuning a Plan of Action
- Chalk Talk
- The Charrette--How Can We Improve This