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How to Implement a Critical Friends Group

How to Implement a Critical Friends Group
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  • 0:01 A Critical Friends Group
  • 1:01 Purpose
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Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Professional development is very important for educators. In this lesson, we will explore a professional development program called the Critical Friends Group, and discover how to use it. Then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

A Critical Friends Group

Critical friends group. We've all got friends who tend to be overly critical, and it's annoying, so why on earth would we want a whole group of them? Don't worry, this is not exactly what it seems. Far from being a coalition of judgmental acquaintances, a Critical Friends Group is a form of Professional Learning Community, a small group of educators working together for professional development. The critical friends group, or CFG, is a distinct program, designed and copyrighted by the National School Reform Faculty, that is built around the use of deliberately structured time targeted at addressing specific issues of student learning. Basically, while many professional development groups tend to focus on broad topics and can risk becoming unfocused, a CFG maintains a strict structure. It's critical, it's friendly, it's the newest wave in professional development.

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