According to Webster's Dictionary, to facilitate is "to make easy" or "ease a process." Effective facilitators often take a neutral stance by stepping back from detailed content and from personal views, and focus purely on the group process and approach used to manage discussions, get the best from all members, and meet the objectives successfully. The facilitation resources included below have been identified as helpful guideposts for facilitators across the system.
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Commonly Used Authors and Texts
- NEW! Leading for Powerful Learning: A Guide for Instructional Leaders by Angela Breidenstein, Kevin Fahey, Carl Glickman & Frances Hensley (2012)
- Advanced Facilitation Strategies: Tools and Techniques to Master Difficult Situations by Ingrid Bens (2005)
- Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan and Al Patterson Switzler (2008)
- The Adaptive School: A Sourcebook for Developing Collaborative Groups by Robert J. Garmston and Bruce M. Wellman (2008)
- The Facilitator's Book of Questions by David Allen and Tina Blyth (2004)
- The Power of Protocols by Joseph P. McDonald, Nancy Mohr, Alan Dichter and Elizabeth C. McDonald (2003)
- The Secrets of Facilitation: The S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Getting Results With Groups by Michael Wilkinson (2004)