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The Handbook for
SMART School Teams

Anne Conzemius and Jan O'Neill

Foreword by Rick DuFour and Bob Eaker, authors of Professional Learning Communities at Work
Publisher: Solution Tree, 2002
ISBN: 978-1-879639-85-0

The Handbook for SMART School Teams will help you set the stage for collaboration and teamwork, teaching you how to become a SMART School through using focus, reflection, collaboration, and leadership tools and practices. This comprehensive resource will become your “guide on the side” as you work with teams at every level of the organization, from the board room to the classroom.

The Handbook for SMART School Teams uses an easy-to-read, how-to format to present tools, strategies and protocols for:

  • The structures of teamwork
  • The basics of effective teamwork
  • Tools for group processes and planning
  • Tools for setting and managing S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • Tools for understanding perceptions and opinions
  • Tools for understanding problems and improving results
  • Tools for measuring student performance
  • Tools for managing meetings effectively

"This resource is needed by all schools that seek continuous school improvement. It is well organized with detailed explanations and 'big picture' information along with 'step-by-step' information."

Lori L. Storer, Assistant Principal & Staff Developer,
Carmel Clay Schools,
Carmel, IN

"SMART Schools takes the very best from the quality movement and brings it into the educational environment with polish and real appeal, and most importantly with an emphasis on real-world practicality."

Bob Bush, Co-director,
Healthy Communities for Midwestern Four Corners,
Maryville, MO

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About the Authors
Anne Conzemius Jan O'Neill

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Anne brings a broad range of experience to her work as an educational consultant. At the state level she served as the Executive Assistant to Wisconsin's State Superintendent. In that capacity she advised on educational policy and led the Department's organizational strategic planning and restructuring initiative.

Prior to this appointment, Anne was the Director of Employee Development and Training for the state of Wisconsin. Anne has also spent time in the private sector, having been a senior level consultant for a human resource training and consulting firm where she specialized in strategic planning and quality improvement for government, education, and manufacturing.

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Jan O'Neill has more than twenty years of training, consulting and facilitation experience.

She brings diverse experience to the field of education, having served as an early childhood, elementary and middle school teacher; consultant to state and local governments, healthcare and service industries; national consultant to Fortune 100 manufacturing companies; and product marketing manager for a national consulting firm.