FLIPPING YOUR FACULTY MEETINGS
2/5/2013 By: Nancy Caramanico
Do you wish your faculty meetings could
be more engaging? A recent study by
MCI Conferencing revealed the following
Most professionals who meet on a
regular basis admit to daydreaming (91%),
missing meetings (96%), or missing parts
of meetings (95%). A large percentage
(73%) said they have brought other work to
meetings and some (39%) said they have
dozed during meetings.
Though this study was done in a
business setting, similar percentages
may well be found at faculty meetings in
many schools. We all want meetings to
be meaningful. By looking to innovative
means and taking advantage of today’s
readily available technologies, leaders can
model innovation and at the same time
encourage shared leadership.
ENTER THE FLIPPED FACULTY MEETING
Based on the popular flipped classroom
concept, in the flipped faculty meeting,
teachers are given informational items to
read and view in advance. By flipping the
faculty meeting, formerly leader-driven
meetings transform into distributed,
leadership meetings. Time is spent more
creatively, with teachers taking a more
active, creative role.
EXAMPLES OF FLIPPED FACULTY MEETINGS IN ACTION
Create a 10-15 minute video of agenda
items. This video can include items and
ideas that will be discussed during the
faculty meeting. You can distribute the
video to the faculty in advance. At the
meeting, faculty teams can explore creative
ways to implement ideas in their school.
Share articles, procedures, and
documents about new instruction ahead of
time. At the meeting, teachers can share
examples of how to implement these
initiatives. Groups of teachers can also
demonstrate how they are incorporating
new methods, new tools, and new apps
CHECKLIST FOR FLIPPING FACULTY MEETINGS
❏ Explain the concept and purpose to
teachers in advance.
❏ Foster teacher buy-in.
❏ Communicate the timeline and process
❏ Survey teacher needs. Sample
• What would you like to learn?
• What information do you need?
• What can we create?
• What would you like to share?
❏ If you are encouraging teacher sharing
or modeling, offer support, guidelines,
❏ Help teachers with technology skills
they may need for accessing any
materials in advance.
❏ Simplify the technology. Take
advantage of easy-to-use tools and
apps such as Pinterest and Instagram.
❏ Be consistent with the methods used
for strategies, tools, and sharing.
❏ Encourage teachers to work as teams,
both before and during the meeting.
❏ Focus on making time relevant and
worthwhile. Remember the basics of
adult learning style.
❏ Get feedback on the meetings. Revise
and update accordingly for future
10 TOOLS FOR FLIPPING THE FACULTY MEETING
Google Docs: Create
a shared Google Doc for sharing meeting agendas and notes.
Encourage teachers to share favorite
resources and ideas.
Pinterest: Create a Pinterest board and
invite teachers to add to it or create their
Edmodo: You can set up groups for
grade levels and departments with this social
network for schools. Share documents, set
up polls, questionnaires, and more.
Google+ Communities: Create a social
network for your faculty. They can share
discussions, images, links, and more.
TodaysMeet: Create a backchannel
for discussion in real time at meetings.
Encourage teachers to use the live stream
to make comments, ask questions, and
Twitter: Encourage your faculty
members to use Twitter to connect with
other educators and grow a professional
Dropbox: Share files in advance for
quick and easy access at any time.
Titanpad: Collaborate in real time with
faculty members and teams. Each user is
assigned a color so that you can easily see
who is editing.
Mindmeister: Use this mindmapping tool
for brainstorming and generating ideas.
Jing or Screenr: Screencasting tools for
creating quick videos and tutorials.
Though it may sound like a fad,
the flipped faculty meeting has
much to offer. If it means bringing a
better environment to our schools,
it may be worth flipping
Caramanico is a Tech
and Learning Specialist
and regular speaker at
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