Energizing Staff Development Using Film Clips: Memorable Movie Moments That Promote Reflection, Conversation, and Action

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SAGE Publications, Sep 8, 2005 - 145 pages
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Video and DVD clips give participants an opportunity to explore values and ideas, learn about one another, and in the process, build a stronger learning community. Energizing Staff Development Using Film Clips: Memorable Movie Moments That Promote Reflection, Conversation, and Action is a resource of film and television clips that staff developers can use to encourage discussion and reflection on pertinent, common themes, including courage, communication, change, conflict, creativity, and leadership. Each chapter includes real-life examples of how clips may be used in staff development settings, quotes for extending thinking and discussion, and articles and books that relate to the chapter theme.

Each movie clip section includes:

A synopsis of the scene

An explanation of critical themes

Start and stop times

The length of the clip

Suggested discussion questions

Contexts for use

These stimulating, instructive movie clips lead to helpful conversations, create positive plans of action, and promote learning by reflection. Whether it is for a team meeting, a faculty meeting, or a training program, leaders and organizations will find a clip to generate conversations about many of the most pressing issues in education.

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About the author (2005)

William A. Sommers is currently the Learning Alternatives director and leadership coach for Spring Lake Park District 12 in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, consultant, and author. He is the former director of leadership & organizational development for Manor ISD in Texas, the former executive director for secondary curriculum and professional learning for Minneapolis Public Schools, and a school administrator for over 30 years. He has also been a Senior Fellow for the Urban Leadership Academy at the University of Minnesota. Sommers also has served as an adjunct faculty member at Texas State University, Hamline University, University of St. Thomas, St. Mary's University, Union Institute, and Capella University.

Sommers was on the Board of Trustees for five years and past-president for the National Staff Development Council. He has been a presenter in preconferences and conference sessions for 12 consecutive years and continues to work as a senior consultant for NSDC.

Since 1990, he has been an associate trainer for the Center for Cognitive Coaching based in Denver, Colorado. He has been a program director for an adolescent chemical dependency treatment center and on the board of a halfway house for 20 years.

Sommers has co-authored seven books, Living on a Tightrope: A Survival Handbook for Principals, Becoming a Successful Principal: How to Ride the Wave of Change Without Drowning, Reflective Practice to Improve Schools, a Trainerís Companion, Energizing Staff Development Using Video Clips, Leading Professional Learning Communities, and Principalís Field Manual. He is currently working on Trainerís Companion for Habits of Mind (2009).

In addition to writing many articles regarding coaching, assessment, and reflective thinking, he also does training in reflective practice, leadership, organizational development, conflict management, poverty, thinking skills, brain research, and classroom management. From 1970 to the present, he has been in K-12 education as a teacher and principal in urban, suburban, and rural schools. Sommers is a practitioner who integrates theory into the learning opportunities he facilitates.

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