Shifting Team Culture: An Analysis of Effective Facilitator Moves in Inquiry-Based Reform (Leadership & Policy in Schools, October 2021)

Existing literature points to skilled facilitation as a key factor in enabling a team’s success in the context of inquiry-based reform. There is little understanding, however, of how precisely facilitators make the needed difference.  This study analyzes the moves of expert facilitators in a team-based reform found to be successful previously. It identifies and explicates five distinct categories of needed moves (setting expectations, modeling, tracking progress, suggesting remediation, and releasing) as well as how they gain effectiveness as an interconnected system with moves across categories implemented for multiple purposes simultaneously.