Professional Learning

National School Reform Faculty: Learning Communities Protocols and Activities


Since 1994, the National School Reform Faculty® has created and refined more than 200 protocols and activities to use in Critical Friends Group® work, in classrooms, meetings of all sorts, and beyond. All those familiar protocols which have always been freely available on our website (many of which are found in the NSRF® Resource Book) are still indexed and available below. For clarity’s sake, we’re referring to this collection as “Open NSRF Protocols, v. 3.2” as these are the same protocols available on our Materials CD-ROM, v.3.2, still available for purchase through NSRF. In the Protocols A-Z list, they’re indicated with a .

A to Z – alphabetical listing of protocols, instructions, and activities

Learning Communities – tools useful in building and maintaining learning communities
Equity – materials related to exploring equity
Inquiry – tools for exploring topics and ideas
Team-building and trust-building experiences – activities to help you work together better
Dilemma protocols – for use with challenging problems without a clear answer
Observation protocols – for peers to learn from one another
Text protocols – with a variety of purposes
Protocols and activities good to use in the classroom – with a variety of age groups
Protocols good for administrative uses – strategic planning and other business tools
Brainstorming protocols – tools to brainstorm more effectively