Protocols are structured processes and guidelines to promote meaningful, efficient communication, problem solving, and learning. Protocols give time for active listening and reflection, and ensure that all voices in the group are heard and honored. Using protocols appropriately in meetings with colleagues, students, parents, and others helps you build the skills and the culture necessary for productive collaborative work.
Although protocols are not needed for some meetings (such as those for disseminating information or updating participants without inviting feedback), once a group becomes accustomed to using protocols, they’re more likely to collaborate more efficiently and effectively even when protocols are not being used.
Like guardrails along a highway, NSRF protocols, under the leadership of a trained coach, provide guidance and a safe place for honest and useful feedback. They also ensure that the group involved arrives at the proposed destination rather than being pulled off-track.
Our Protocols A-Z List provides access to our downloadable protocols, alphabetized and searchable based upon their given titles. When you click on a protocol’s title in the list, you are also provided with a quick defining overview and some additional details, such as the estimated time for implementation and the difficulty level when it comes to facilitation. Many of our most updated protocols are exclusive to members and trained Critical Friends Group® coaches!
Our Protocol Matching Tool is where you can brainstorm and consider your possibilities and options for use in meetings or in your classrooms. You can explore our protocols based upon categories and subcategories such as “Foundational and Trust-building Activities” and “Icebreakers, Closing Activities, and Teambuilding.”
NSRF has a vast array of protocols to help participants:
- Address complex dilemmas with fresh perspectives
- Improve their work quickly with thought-provoking questions
- Share and learn from successes
- Introduce ideas, topics, or programs
- Expand thinking, find essential messages, discover other perspectives
- Interpret data
- Observe classrooms and environments to improve teaching, coaching, learning, or other work
- Brainstorm and improve projects, plans, or materials at any stage of progress
- Look at student work with specific objectives and needs in mind to improve outcomes