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Meeting Goals

Protocols for Leading Effective, Purpose-Driven Discussions in Schools

Learn how you can lead highly productive, structured discussions in your school or district with Meeting Goals.


  • Improve your group facilitation skills and expertise.
  • Enhance instructional coaching and feedback for teachers and teacher groups through meaningful protocols.
  • Study detailed instructions and scaffolds for specific protocols to meet clear, desired outcomes of collaboration.
  • Experience more moments of connection and transformation in groups with effective leadership and a purpose-driven agenda.
  • Examine specific language, practical situations, and clarifying questions for implementing discussion protocols.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Grounding
Chapter 1: Ensuring Purpose Before Protocols
Chapter 2: Protocols to Build Shared Understanding
Chapter 3: Protocols to Refine Products
Chapter 4: Protocols to Seek Perspective
Chapter 5: Protocols to Explore and Manage Dilemmas
Chapter 6: Protocols to Generate Ideas
Afterword: Debriefing
Appendix A: Consistent Approaches to Common Steps in Protocols
Appendix B: Preconference Key Words and Actions
Appendix C: Facilitation Tools
Appendix D: Matrix for Building Shared Understanding—When to Use
Appendix E: Supplemental Strategies


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Appendix B

Appendix D

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  • Boogren, T. H. (2018). Take time for you: Self-care action plans for educators. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., Many, T. W., & Mattos, M. (2016). Learning by doing: A handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (3rd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Wiliam, D. (2018). Embedded formative assessment (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.



Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 6


Appendix C

Appendix E