Publications & Products

DVDs

Study GuideDVD: The Focusing Four: A Consensus Seeking Activity For Prioritizing, developed by Robert Garmston, Ed. D., Co-Developer of Adaptive Schools, and Michael Dolcemascolo, M.A., C.A.S., Co-Director of Center for Adaptive Schools.

This DVD presents a 21-minute demonstration of the Focusing Four strategy. It provides two viewing options, playing the demonstration in its entirety or playing the same demonstration with some voice over commentary that highlights key teaching points.

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DVD: Dialogue: An Introduction

Dialogue lifts us out of polarization and into greater common meanings. Watch teachers apply four essential dialogue tools and learn how to assess your group’s developmental level and next steps. Watch and stop at selected points for suggested activities and readings. Sense the premises and promises of collaboration in this DVD and Viewer’s Guide.

Downloadable order form (PDF document, 707 KB, new window).

FREE Study Guide (PDF file, 193 KB, new window) for Robert Garmston and Bruce Wellman’s The Adaptive School: A Sourcebook for Developing Collaborative Groups, 2nd ed. (2009).

Adaptive Schools Books

NOTE: Of the five Adaptive Schools and Cognitive CoachingSM books listed below, only The Presenter’s Fieldbook: A Practical Guide is available for order at this time. We apologize for the fact that the other books are not currently available and will continue to update the community as new information develops regarding their future availability.

The Adaptive School: A Sourcebook for Developing Collaborative Groups, 2nd edition, by Robert Garmston and Bruce Wellman. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon, 2009. Telephone: 800–934–8322.  NOTE: Cur­rently unavail­able.

 

The Adaptive School: A Sourcebook for Developing Collaborative Groups, 1st ed., by Robert Garmston and Bruce Wellman. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon, 1999. Telephone: 800–934–8322.  NOTE: Cur­rently unavail­able.
The Adaptive School: Developing and Facilitating Collaborative Groups Syllabus, 5th edition, by Robert Garmston and Bruce Wellman. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon, 2008. Telephone: 800–934–8322. (No cover photo.) NOTE: Cur­rently unavail­able.
The Presenter’s Fieldbook: A Practical Guide, 2nd edition, by Robert Garmston. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon, 2005. This book can be ordered from Lisa Joseph, the Center for Adaptive Schools Office Manager.
Cognitive Coaching: A Foundation for Renaissance Schools, 2nd edition, by Arthur Costa and Robert Garmston. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon, 2002. Telephone: 800–934–8322.  NOTE: Cur­rently unavail­able.

Developing Collaborative Groups Memory Mat

Memory Mat, Front & Back

The “Adaptive Schools: Developing Collaborative Groups Memory Mat” serves as a laminated workshop follow-up and guideline for group members. The Memory Mat functions as a reminder of the skills and concepts that, when used in meetings, enhance the effectiveness of collaborative teams. Highlights include such concepts as the Norms of Collaboration, Two Ways of Talking, and a variety of moves and strategies.

Price: $5.00 plus $.50 for shipping and handling. To order, please contact Lisa Joseph, Office Manager.

Adaptive Schools Banners!

In Smart Schools, David Perkins asserts that elements in the emotional and physical environment interact with thinking and become points of mediation.

Design the Surround

Four 3′ x 4′ digitally printed banners on white, lightweight, “flag-like” polyester. Ready to hang with grommets.

Post this set of 4 memory banners for work groups and ad hoc groups in:

  • Faculty Rooms
  • Administrative Offices
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Board Rooms
  • Professional Development Centers

Downloadable order form (PDF document, 707 KB, new window).

 

Supporting Toolkit for the Norms of Collaboration

This FREE Toolkit (pop-up window) is designed to provide resources for developing and sustaining productive group interaction through the practice of the seven Norms of Collaboration. The Toolkit includes: Introducing the Norms; Posting the Norms; Sustaining Engagement with the Norms; Assessing Consistency with the Norms; Applications of the Norms Inventories; and a section outlining how “Working Agreements” complement, rather than replace, the Norms of Collaboration.

Traceable Chart Art for Flip Charts and Overhead Transparencies

Now anyone can make eye-catching flipcharts and overheads by slipping these easy-to-use graphics beneath a sheet of chart paper or blank transparency and tracing the images. Adapt and combine the pictures to create dozens of graphic design effects. Each image comes with tips for use as well as visual and conceptual idea banks to guide and inspire user creativity. Printed on durable stock and three-hole punched for easy filing and retrieval, ChartArt is an invaluable resource for presenters, facilitators, educators and all others who work with groups.

There are thirty-two 8 1/2″ x 11″ images by Michael Buckley which come with illustrated tips for use. Price: $21.95. (See order info for volume discounts.)

For ordering information, please visit the Mira Via Web site.

Energy Sources Team Self-Assessment Survey

Teams can be distinguished from groups by their conscious attention to the processes they use to develop as a team. This survey is one instrument teams can use to increase their awareness of their development through use of perceptual data. Individuals complete the survey and score their responses. Responses are coded as one of the five states of mind (energy sources), thereby providing evidence of high and low resource in each of the states of mind. The survey is intended to be diagnostic, not evaluative; it is a springboard for reflection and planning.

Pencil and paper format:  $40.00

CD-ROM:  $250.00

To order, please contact Lisa Joseph, Office Manager.