Meeting Wise

Meeting Wise Making the Most of Collaborative Time for Educators

Kathryn Parker Boudett and Elizabeth A. City
cloth, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: August 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-695-1
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This book, by two editors of Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning, attempts to bring about a fundamental shift in how educators think about the meetings we attend. They make the case that these gatherings are potentially the most important venue where adult and organizational learning can take place in schools, and that making more effective use of this time is the key to increasing student achievement.


This concise volume offers an effective and efficient set of tools and routines that we have found highly useful in organizing our work. The agenda template, used in conjunction with Meeting Wise norms, roles, and activities, helps to keep everyone on track and create shared ownership of the meeting’s success. Meeting Wise is an invaluable resource for making the best use of our limited time together. — Tony Bryk, president, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Effective schools make every minute count—for students and educators. Starting from the premise that meetings matter, this straightforward book is full of practical resources and advice readers can put into practice right away. — Mary C. Dillman, director of data inquiry, Boston Public Schools

Meeting Wise has transformed our work by providing the structure to leverage leadership. The protocols, checklists and activities equipped us to target important problems, manage conflicts, and overcome typical dilemmas in running team and faculty meetings. A must read for every school leader! — Deirdra Aikens, Principal, Newark, DE

Meeting Wise offers a set of guidelines and case studies, with the aim of giving educators practical advice for improving the efficacy of meetings. The text is more than a handbook, however. Boudett and City seek to encourage educators to reconsider how they think about – and approach – the meetings they lead and attend. Educators need not view meetings as annoyances or distractions. Instead, the authors argue, these venues can be rich sources of collaboration and invention. — Charlie Tyson, Inside Higher Ed

The authors show how meetings can become rich opportunities for adult learning. This book will forever change the way I facilitate and participate in meetings. — Irv Richardson, coordinator for public education and school support, NEA-New Hampshire

Meeting Wise tackles the taboo subject of ineffectual meetings. It is perfect for any school wishing to increase student success through teacher collaboration. — Adam K. Ruggles, educator, Chicago Public Schools

This is a short, practical book that I strongly recommend to any administrator. There is also useful advice on being a good meeting facilitator (rather than simply a chair) and on being a good participant. More importantly, when I finished reading the book, I could, in fact, imagine a time where I looked forward to meetings. — Lee Skallerup Bessette, Women in Higher Education

Highly recommended especially for educators; Meeting Wise is also an extremely useful resource for any career professional.  — Jennifer Simmonds, Midwest Book Review

Meeting Wise is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to gain value from his or her meetings. I, for one, will assign it to my leadership classes as a “gift” title to enhance their skills and appreciation for collaborative learning. — James J. Harrington, The Journal of Continuing Higher Education

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About the Authors

Kathryn Parker Boudett is Lecturer on Education and the Director of the Data Wise Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she supports educators in cultivating a systematic approach to improving classroom practice through sustained collaborative inquiry. Kathy teaches on-campus and online courses focused on the skills and habits of mind essential to improving learning and teaching (and does her best to ensure that every class she teaches and meeting she runs is as wise as it can be!). She is co-editor of Data Wise: A Step-By-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning—Revised and Expanded Edition with Richard Murnane and Elizabeth City (Harvard Education Press, 2013); Data Wise in Action: Stories of Schools Using Data to Improve Teaching and Learning (Harvard Education Press, 2007) with Jennifer Steele; and co-author of Key Elements of Observing Practice: A Data Wise Facilitator’s Guide and DVD (Harvard Education Press, 2010) with Elizabeth City and Marcia Russell. Kathy holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a BA in Economics from Yale University.

Elizabeth A. City is Lecturer on Education and Director of the Doctor of Education Leadership (EdLD) Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she helps educators develop the skills, knowledge, mindsets, imagination, and efficacy to improve the way they and their colleagues serve every child’s learning needs. Liz has served as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, and consultant, in each role focused on helping all children, and the educators who work with them, realize their full potential.

Her publications include: Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning—Revised and Expanded Edition, coedited with Kathryn Parker Boudett and Richard J. Murnane (Harvard Education Press, 2013); Strategy in Action: How School Systems Can Support Powerful Learning and Teaching, coauthored with Rachel E. Curtis (Harvard Education Press, 2009); Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning, coauthored with Richard F. Elmore, Sarah E. Fiarman, and Lee Teitel (Harvard Education Press, 2009); Resourceful Leadership: Tradeoffs and Tough Decisions on the Road to School Improvement (Harvard Education Press, 2008); and The Teacher’s Guide to Leading Student-Centered Discussions: Talking about Texts in the Classroom, coauthored with Michael S. Hale (Corwin Press, 2006). She holds a doctorate in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Interview with the Authors

"Why Meetings Matter" in Harvard Education Letter

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