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Carlene Murphy, Executive Director
4450 Old Waynesboro Rd.
Augusta, GA 30815
706-592-6251 (phone & fax)
Karl Clauset, Director
4579 El Dorado Way, #206
Bellingham, WA 98226
360-676-8001 (phone & fax)

WFSG Process Guidelines

There are fifteen (15) procedural or process guidelines that distinguish WFSGs from other collaborative designs. WFSG schools follow the guidelines.

  1. Keep the size of the study group between three and six.
  2. Determine study group membership by who wants to address an identified student need.
  3. Establish and keep a regular schedule, meeting weekly or every two weeks.
  4. Establish group norms and routinely revisit the norms.
  5. Establish a pattern of study group leadership, rotating among members.
  6. Develop a Study Group Action Plan by the end of the second study group meeting.
  7. Complete a Study Group Log after each study group meeting.
  8. Have a curriculum and instructional focus that requires members to routinely examine student work and to observe students in classrooms engaged in instructional tasks.
  9. Make a comprehensive list of learning resources, both material and human.
  10. Use multiple professional development strategies, such as training, to accomplish the study group's intended results.
  11. Reflect on the study group's work and the impact of current practice on student performance.
  12. Recognize all study group members as equals.
  13. Expect transitions.
  14. Assess study group work to determine what evidence there is that the targeted student needs have been improved.
  15. Establish a variety of communication networks and strategies.