Collegial Circle Study Groups


    Collegial Circles The Collegial Circles program provides teachers with structured time for reflection on their classroom practices. The program empowers teachers to take responsibility for identifying and satisfying their needs for professional growth, and establishes a formal support process for sharing expertise and for problem-solving through group processes.


    Advantages of Collegial Circles

    Collegial Circles provide a time for teachers to plan, share and engage in collaborative problem solving, thereby reducing teacher isolation and improving instruction.


    Features of Collegial Circles

    They are purposeful and connected to standards and assessments for both teachers and students. Each group identifies and describes the types of changes that might be accomplished.

    Participants collect and share information that will help them identify activities most beneficial to meeting identified outcomes.

    Active Participation is expected of all participants.

    Guidelines for Collegial Circles

       1)      Develop an idea for an area of interest

    2)      Set 2 or 3 objectives with one over arching goal for the group structured on the Common Core Standards

    3)      Select a facilitator who will be present at all meeting to maintain focus, keeps attendance records, logs activities and submits a brief written summary of the group’s accomplishments. A stipend of $275 is paid to the facilitator

    4)      Applications must be submitted using the Collegial Circle form on MyLearningPlan

    5)      Groups size minimum of between 4 and maximum of 8 participants

    6)      Schedule specific dates

    7)      Meet for total of 15 hours

    8)      Times should be afterschool or on the weekends

    9)      Sessions should range from 1 to 2.5 hours each

    10)  Do not schedule groups to start before approval from the Teacher Center Policy Board

    11)  Participants may opt for one in-service credit, staff development hours

    12)  A $100 "Payable to Herricks UFSD" in-service credit fee prior to the start of the activity is due to the Teacher Center

    13) Facilitator will attend and present the collegial circle proposal to the Professional Development Committee prior to approval. This meeting will help clarify any questions the committee may have regarding the collegial circle proposal.