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January 27, 2015


Book Signing: November 7, 6-9pm in Torrance

October 11, 2014


Come celebrate with Sue Gabriele as she introduces her new book New Hope for Schools: Findings of a Teacher Turned Detective. Learn how her “RoundTable” can unshackle and revitalize schools and workplaces.

At the event, Sue will share some of her findings and solutions with us. Bring your own copy for Sue to sign, buy a copy at the event, or just come learn more about her work! Ask questions and share your views. More info? See the press release.

Please RSVP at to help us plan for refreshments and seating. Your guests are welcome too!

Hosted by: Toyota Auto Museum, ASTDLA, ISPI-LA, GEMS & Farmstand


Press Release: New Hope for Schools

October 8, 2014

The RoundTable: Good for Knights, Better For Students

New guide aims to help educators foster whole school improvement from within

LOS ANGELES – Imagine looking at an electrical power strip overflowing with cords rapidly causing it to burn out. Unfortunately this image applies to modern teachers and schools more than we may like to think. Ever-increasing demands, from the school, district, state and federal levels, leave teachers and principals with little time to focus on students’ needs.

“This is not a fault of teachers,” Susan Farr Gabriele, Ph.D. said. “The issue is systemic and requires a substantial change. A change I want to help implement in a new and simple way.”

Dr. Gabriele was a teacher in Los Angeles for over twenty years before deciding to return to graduate school, so she could research new answers to the problems facing public education. Her new book, “New Hope for Schools,” is the culmination of her research that aims to help teachers and administrators foster systemic change and renewal from within.

“The term school reform is generally associated with the fear of expending too much time and energy on costly, flawed programs,” Dr. Gabriele said. “I have created a simple new tactic called the RoundTable that can be inexpensively, easily and quickly added to any already occurring programming or meetings.”

These RoundTables are designed to allow 30 participants to give and hear every individual’s viewpoint in 30 minutes around their own topics, in their own classes and meetings. RoundTables can increase learning, communication and engagement amongst staff and students. Dr. Gabriele also provides hard research and a three-pronged approach that any school can utilize to create a better learning environment for students.

For any educator, parent, student, administrator, scholar, researcher or policy maker interested in education reform and the improvement of schools, Dr. Gabriele wants to help.

For more information please visit

“New Hope for Schools”
By: Susan Farr Gabriele, Ph.D.
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4917-2723-2
SC-Retail price: $32.95
Available at and

About the author

Susan Farr Gabriele, principal of Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems (GEMS), earned her Ph.D. in human science: social and institutional change by researching and creating the RoundTable program. Dr. Gabriele consults in schools, workplaces and learning communities across the nation and internationally.

Classroom RoundTable (Introductory)

October 8, 2014


The Elegance of the 30/30 RoundTable

October 2, 2014

The 30/30 RoundTable is elegant–defined as simple and ingenious.   It is simple because it is cued by a one-page script or RoundTable guide.   It is ingenious because it is user-friendly and systemic: It serves the whole school without being a burden added to staff’s heavy workloads.  Specifically, it:

  • serves everyone in schools in their already existing groups–weekly in classrooms, monthly in meetings (faculty, PTA, district, etc.),
  • lets each group use topics for their own purposes,
  • is adaptable as groups’ purposes change or evolve,
  • allows participants to hear 30 viewpoints in 30 minutes around subjects important to them.

Figure 1 illustrates. Click to corresponding guides on this website: (i.e., intro, sciencefaculty).


What Educators Say about the RoundTable

“I am so excited about the RoundTable. I tried it in my class with undergraduates in their internship. It went so well.  I even had two students come to me privately and tell me how much they appreciated that way of dealing with curriculum.”  PEGGY GILL, Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Texas at Tyler

“The RoundTable made space for people to connect … in a way that no amount of free time, meal breaks, or presentation question periods seemed to do. To the question I often ask myself, ‘Is there anyone else out there?’ The RoundTable gave me a definitive ‘Yes!’ What a joy and relief!”  PAMELA BUCKLE HENNING, Associate Professor of Management, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York

“It speeds up the cumulative learning needed for effective action plans.”  SHARON PETERSON, Consultant, Small Business Development Center, Hawthorne, California

What 4th Grade Students Say about the RoundTable

“I was proud my literature got better just by doing [the Roundtable)]. I like myself better because I know now that I could find the little details instead of like the bigger, easier to find details.”

“What I like about the RoundTable is that everybody gets a turn to say something and everyone else is listening and quiet when you talk.”

“Well, I learned more to express how I feel about something and not to be that scared in front of people because I was really shy … now I’m not shy and it made me express more of my feelings. Now since I’ve done the Roundtable a lot, it’s helped me like overcome my fears. It’s helped me a lot.”

“… getting into the middle [of the year] I started actually saying what was deep down inside.”

Even Simpler!

The 30/30 RoundTable has been used in several 4th grade classrooms for 14 years. A circle is proposed, but we have learned that it works even without changing the room set up (Figure 2).   This makes it even easier to use!


Use the RoundTable and let me know how it works for you!  Use it at your school: weekly in your classroom, monthly in meetings–faculty. PTA, and so forth,  Use it monthly at the district level and higher: in principals’ meetings, superintendents’ meetings and state or federal policy making meetings.  Use it daily in annual conferences or summer staff development.

The RoundTable: A Seed for Systemic School Renewal

September 26, 2014

Ever-increasing demands on schools, especially teachers, reduce their time and ability to respond to students’ needs (the 19 + 1 = 18 effect) or collaborate on school problems (Tower of Babel effect). The 30/30 RoundTable (see also GEMS RoundTable) creates time for communication and collaboration on users’ own topics, without adding to educator workloads.

What does the 30/30 RoundTable look like?

A 30/30 RoundTable  is a carefully designed 30-minute group activity that allows 30 people to give their views and hear views of all others on topics of their own choosing. A one-page leader’s script allots five minutes to basic readings/guidelines and the topic of the day. This leaves 25 minutes for individual comments, time divided equally among all present.

In a weekly classroom RoundTable, the teacher leads the first few sessions. Then, when ready, students take turns leading. By the end of the year, all students are offered an opportunity to be RoundTable leader. In a monthly staff meeting, the RoundTable designer or principal, (i.e., formal leader) leads the first one or two meetings, then staff members lead, one turn each.

The RoundTable’s multiple interacting benefits are especially important in busy schools and workplaces. Like a Swiss Army knife-or more pc, swiss utility tool  🙂 — the RoundTable has countless uses and fits into a small space.

Countless uses

  • The RoundTable session accelerates learning of two-plus subject matters at once.
    • User’s choice: the subject matter of classrooms—English, social studies, science, and so on—or the agenda in staff meetings.
    • Communication awareness and skills—It increases opportunities and skills in leadership, shared leadership, values clarification, diversity appreciation, equity, authenticity, and self-reflective listening and speaking—especially important in learning groups or classrooms. In meetings or planning groups, it helps build the cumulative knowledge needed for effective action plans.
  • Results include increased engagement and community spirit. Hearing 30 peers viewpoints increases awareness, understanding, and respect—for self and other.

Small space

Like a Swiss Army knife, the RoundTable fits into a small space from many points of view. It requires little time, space, energy or money. It is contained in a one-page script and folder. A RoundTable is a small portion of classes and meetings: 30 minutes weekly or monthly. The Guide is user-ready, but easy to modify.  After very few coaching sessions, users can run their own RoundTables.

In sum. The user-friendly, multipurpose 30/30 RoundTable helps schools address their own concerns and respond to their own students. Instead of more outside demands on schools, the RoundTable is a simple seed for systemic school renewal from within.

The Term “Teacher-Proof”: Fallacy & Outcomes

January 29, 2008

Erroneous: The term “Teacher-Proof” implies poor teachers 

  • Purchasers of “teacher-proof” programs agree they have poor teachers.
  • This results in valuing programs difficult to follow without help of a teacher.
  • Even McRel writes that “Notions of creating a “teacher-proof” curriculum – a curriculum so flawless that anyone could teach it – have long since been discredited.”
  • I (and others) say “We have thrown out the baby with the bath water.” (more…)

Welcome to

October 21, 2007

I am totally new at blogging. But it might be helpful in my work. So, I am exploring to see how it works. I hope to find an easy way for my groups of clients to revise, edit and codesign their meeting formats. You can find out more about my work at