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The Power of Protocols

An Educator's Guide to Better Practice

Joseph P. McDonald Nancy Mohr Alan Dichter Elizabeth C. McDonald Ann Lieberman

144 pages
Teachers College Press

The use of protocols has quickly spread from conferences and workshops to everyday school and university settings. Now in its third edition, this popular bestseller features substantial updates that take into account recent developments in the field of facilitative leadership. The authors have also added 11 totally new protocols, including the “Peer Review Protocol” and “Looking at Student Work with Equity in Mind.” This essential teaching and professional development tool includes:

  • Step-by-step descriptions of how educators can use protocols to study together, work on problems of practice, teach well, and explore students’ work.
  • Explanations of the particular purpose for each protocol, discussions of the value that educators have found in using them, and helpful tips for facilitators.
  • A free supplement on the Teachers College Press website of “Abbreviated Protocols” that can be downloaded and customized to suit each facilitator’s needs.


"I found the idea of protocols and their suggested application to be well conceived and articulated by the authors." — NASSP Bulletin

"I deeply appreciate the way this guide helped to enlarge my understanding of protocols and deepen my sense of their efficiency in teaching practice." —Horace, Quarterly Journal of CES

Author Bio

Joseph P. McDonald is professor of Teaching and Learning at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The late Nancy Mohr was director of the New York Center of the National School Reform Faculty. Alan Dichter is a consultant on school leadership and change, and formerly local instructional superintendent in New York City and director of leadership development in the Portland, Oregon, public schools. Elizabeth C. McDonald is a master teacher in the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University’s Steinhardt School and a former elementary school principal.