The following list contains the protocols that we use in our meetings. These materials come from the National School Reform Faculty website and each link below (and all protocol links across our wiki) link directly to the .PDF versions of each protocol.

BOLD indicates that we have used the protocol in one of our meetings.


Affinity Mapping
All Aboard
Appreciative Inquiry: A Protocol to Support Professional Visitation
The Art Shack Protocol
ATLAS — Learning From Student Work Protocol
ATLAS — Looking at Data
Attributes of a Learning Community



Barriers or Bridges: A Matter of Perspective and Attitude
Becoming One Community
The Best Ever: a Constructivist Protocol
Blind Count
Blind Polygon
Block Party: A Pre-reading Text-Based Activity
Blooming Questions
Broken Squares



Chalk Talk
A Change in Practice Protocol
The CharretteCheck in Circle
Choosing CFG Tools and Strategies
Choosing a Question Protocol
Classroom Equity Writing Prompt
Classroom Meeting
Classroom Slice "Day In The Life" Teacher Journal
Classroom Slice of Student Work Check List
Collaborative Assessment Conference
Collaborative Ghost Walk
Columbus Slice Multi-age Groups
Community Agreements
Compass Points Questions
Considerations for Responsive Facilitation (This document aligns with the Zen of Facilitation article)
Considering Evidence Protocol
Constructivist Learning Groups
The Constructivist Listening Dyad - "The Dyad"
Constructivist Protocol for Adult Work
Constructivist Tuning Protocol
Consultancy –– Adapted for Examining Student Work
Consultancy Dilemmas
Continuum Dialogue

Courageous Conversations Compass

Cows, Ducks and Chickens
Student Observation Protocol: Court Reporter
Creating an Action Plan
Creating Metaphors
Critical Friends Groups Purpose & Work
Critical Incidents Protocol
Cycle of Inquiry
Cycle of Inquiry for Professional Learning Community Activities

Data Driven Dialogue
"Day In The Life" Student Journal
Describing Students’ Work
Describing Student Work: A Slice of Writing
Description of Open Space
Descriptive Consultancy
The Descriptive Review of A Child
Diversity Rounds
"The Dyad" - The Constructivist Listening Dyad

Equity Bibliography
Equity Perspectives: Creating Space for Making Meaning on Equity Issues
Equity Protocol
Equity Stances Activity
Examining Assessments
Examining Student Work: A Constructivist Protocol
Examples of Debriefing Questions at the End of a Looking at Student Work Session
Examples of Focusing Questions for Looking at Student Work Sessions

Facilitating Learning, Logistics and Longevity (This is helpful in planning facilitation sessions, meetings, and PLC work)
Facilitator Critical Friend Feedback Form
Facilitation Scenarios
The Feedback Carousel
Feedback Nightmares
Feedback Principles
Feedback Provided During Protocols
The Final Word
First Ask, Then Listen: How to Get Your Students To Help You Teach Them Better: A Teachers Guide
First Classroom Visits
The 5 Whys for Inquiry
The Focus/Framing Question Exercise
Observation Protocol #2: Focus Point
Student Observation Protocol: Focus Point
Focus Point Debriefing
Forming Ground Rules
Forming a Triangle
Fortune Cookie Warm-up
Four A's Text Protocol
Framing Consultancy Dilemmas and Consultancy Questions
Further Thoughts About Learning from Student Work
Future Protocol (a.k.a. "Back to the Future")

Ghost Visit
Glossary of Common Protocol Terms
Goal Setting Protocol
Good Questions
Group Juggle
Guide for Bringing Student Work
Guide to Using 7 of the Student Work/Problem Solving Protocols

Hog Call
Honoring Differences

Ice Breakers and Warm-Ups
Individual Monthly Action Plan (I-MAP)
Individual Monthly Action Plan for Groups
Indoor Volleyball
Inquiry Circles: a Protocol for Professional Inquiry
Observation Protocol #3: Interesting Moments
Student Observation Protocol: Interesting Moments
Interrogating the Slice
The Issaquah Protocol
It Takes a Village

Jumping Jack Flash
Jigsaw Description
Student Observation Protocol: Just My Kids

Keep It Up

Learning from Speakers Protocols
Learning From Student Work Form - Context
Learning From Student Work Form - Documentation
Learning From Student Work Form - Feedback
Learning From Student Work Form - Reflection
The Lens as a Paradigm
Let's Figure It Out.. Group Math
Liar's Poker
Line Up
Logistics for Open Space
Longfellow " Day In The Life" Special Area Teachers Journal
Longfellow Slice Grade Level Session
Longfellow Slice Information Sheet
Longfellow Slice School Wide Session
Looking at Patterns in Student Work
Looking at Student Work
Looking at Student Work: Building in the Habit of Looking at Equity
Looking at Student Work Team Report

The Making Meaning Protocol
The Making Meaning Protocol: The Storytelling Version
Methods for Learning From Student Work
Microlab Guidelines
Microlabs on CFG Purpose and Coach's Role
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Microlab Suggestions
Mine Walk
Missed Cues: A Reflective Activity
Mississippi Hot Chocolate Swamp
Modeling the Consultancy Protocol Using an Interactive Fishbowl
The Multiple Perspectives Protocol

Networking Protocol
Norms for LFSW Sessions
North, South, East and West: an Exercise in Understanding Preferences in Group Work (Compass Points)
Notes on the Collaborative Assessment ConferenceNotes on Open Space
NSRF Mission, Core Beliefs and Journal Prompt

Observation Protocol #5: Observer as Learner
Student Observation Protocol: Observer as Learner

Open Space Technology Materials
Orchard Cove Protocol

Pair Communication: Active-Listening Exercise
The Paseo (or Circles of Identity Activity)
"Passing on" Good Advice
Passion Profiles
Passion Profiles Activity
Peeling the Onion: Developing a Problem Protocol
Peer Coaching: Observer as Coach
Observation Protocol #6: Person Observed as Coach
The Ping Pong Protocol: a Consultancy for Groups
A Pocket Guide to Probing Questions
Pre-Conference Guide
Pre-Conference Protocol
Principles for Looking at Student Work
Proactive Behavior Change Interventions
Probing Questions Exercise
The Process of Developing Success a Protocol for Reflection and Analysis ATLAS Learning Communities
The Process of Developing Understanding: a Protocol for Reflection and Analysis
Professional Learning Communities Survey
Professional Learning Communities Survey Exercise
Profile of A Student Activity
Profile of A Student Activity (for small groups)
Profile of a Student Activity: Alternative Students
ProMISE Protocol: Using the Courageous Conversation Compass with a Text
Protocol for "Columbus Family Academy Slice"
Protocol for "Day In The Life"
Protocol for "Longfellow Slice"
Protocol Matching Activity
Provocative Prompts for Equity

Qualities of Educational Leadership Exercise
Quality Quest Protocol
Questions and Assumptions
Questions and Asuumptions World Cafe Style
Quinn’s Six Questions
Quotes for Closings

A Rationale for Protocols
Realms of Concern and Influence
Reflections on Adapting/Creating Protocols
Reflections Sheets
Reflective Guide
Resources for Creating Community and Building Capable People
The Right Family

Sally Friendly: see "Microlabs on CFG Purpose and Coach's Role"
Sample Sets of Questions for School/Grade Level Slice
Save the Last Word For ME
School Walk Protocol
Scrambled Sentences
Observation Protocol #8: Self Observation
Ship Into Port
Observation Protocol #7: Silent Debriefing
The Slice
The SMP Guide to Good Probing Questions
SMP Modified Consultancy
SMP Probing Questions Exercise
Some Guidelines for Learning From Student Work
Spider’s Web
Standards for Classroom Instruction
Standards in Practice: Standards and Looking at Student Work
Student Profiles for Profile of a Student Activity
Student Staffing Protocol
Student Work Context Sheet
Student Work Gallery
Success Analysis Protocol
Success Analysis Protocol for Administrative Teams
Success Analysis Protocol for Creative Learning Communities
Success Analysis Protocol for Individuals
Success Analysis Protocol for Leadership Teams
Success Analysis Protocol with Reflective Questions
The Success Analysis Protocol a Protocol for Reflection and Analysis (Project Version)
The Success Analysis Protocol a Protocol for Reflection and Analysis (Extended Form)
Suggestions for Bringing a Dilemma
Suggestions for Bringing Student Work
Suggestions for Bringing Student Work (Equity Version)

Talking Stick Ceremony
Observation Protocol #4: Teaming
The Text Rendering Experience
Tea Party - see Block Party: A Pre-reading Text-Based Activity
Ten Tips for New Critical Friends Group Coaches
Text-Based Seminar
Text-Based Seminar Guidelines
Thinking out of the Box
Thirty-Minute Protocols
Three Levels of Text Protocol
"Together We Can Make A Difference" Classroom Design for Beginning Teambuilding
Tool for Assessing the Purposes & Features of Protocols
Touch My Can
Tower of Brahm
Traffic Jam
Tuning for Equity Protocol
Tuning Protocol
Tuning Protocol Guidelines
The Tuning Protocol—Narrative
The Tuning Protocol—Tuning a Plan
"Twelve Perspectives on Equity" - Equity Perspectives: Creating Space for Making Meaning on Equity Issues

Uranium Mine

Observation Protocol #1: Video Camera
Village of 100 People

Wagon Wheels Brainstorm: Facilitation Notes
Warp Speed
Water Balloon Volleyball
The What, So What, Now What Protocol
Why Activity
Why Protocols?
Writing Workshop Feedback Protocol

Zones of Comfort, Risk and Danger: Constructing Your Zone Map