The Flipped Faculty Meeting – Finding Common Ground – Education Week

September 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Flipped Faculty Meeting – Finding Common Ground – Education Week
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2012/09/the_flipped_faculty_meeting.html?cmp=SOC-SHR-TW

Most faculty meetings have the same format. The principal sends out an agenda 24 hours before the meeting so the staff can see the list of items they will discuss. At the beginning of the year they may sign up for specific months to bring food so the meeting feels more personal. I have some awesome cooks and bakers on staff so the food at our meetings is always top-notch.

Meetings where principals and staff get together doesn’t happen as often as it should. Most faculty meetings last about 45 minutes to an hour and only happen once a month. A lot can happen in education over a month so there are times when important issues can get lost when the new ones come up. Over the years I have included quick videos to make people laugh during more stressful months. Other times the meetings are quiet because people are overwhelmed so we get those over with quickly.

Unfortunately, I came to the conclusion this summer that my meetings, although nice, are not always worth the time the faculty takes to attend them, so I am flipping them this year. During a year with so many changes in education, I need them to our staff meetings to be different. They need to be more authentic and engaging.

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