Adaptive Schools Products


Focusing Four Dialogue

DVD: 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.


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.

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Study Guide

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

The Presenter’s Fieldbook: A Practical Guide is available for order at this time.

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.





For training material inquiries, please contact Lisa Joseph, Office Manager.