Collaboration…. often associated with ‘teamwork’
Collaborative Culture Positive Attributes Tired Instruction Planning Process Out of the Box and Join the Circle of Collaboration Shared Beliefs Meaningful Instruction Shared Accountably Mutual Goals Meaningful Planning Reflections Defined Roles Best Practice
Two teachers informally discussing a student’s progress
Long-term, regularly scheduled meetings with school stakeholders
Examining state standards, and research to overhaul curricula
One of the constants, however, when educators come together to collaborate is the intellectual effort they put forth to better themselves as a group to benefit their students.
Positive Attributes of Collaboration
Increased opportunity to interact with their colleagues in areas of difficulty
Obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources
Shared commitment in monitoring results and making adjustments when barriers and problems are identified;
Shared information and resources;
Opportunities for risk-taking, new roles, and continued learning;
Flexibility in terms of different styles and different ways to meet goals
Communication and cooperation
Ability to disagree and still work together
Time and opportunity to plan and build classroom structure
An increase in teacher sensitivity to other's roles and responsibilities.
A clear understanding of where we have been.
A methodical examination of the school environment.
A thorough assessment of the school’s mission.
A clear vision of organizational goals.
A process to present ways of reaching those goals.
An inclusive, collaborative process for gathering information, ideas, opinions and intuitions on which goals and decisions are based.
A realization that planning never stops.
Meaningful Planning For Collaboration “Commitment must be given to a data-driven curriculum, to clear and specific objectives, and to a mindset of deep purpose for meaningful planning and collaboration.” Gamble, J. (2008)
Meaningful Planning For Collaboration Collaborative planning requires making the time to work and learn with colleagues.
Develop a master schedule that includes time for shared planning time.
Meaningful Planning For Collaboration
Allow students to have longer instructional periods with fewer teachers through the integration and implementation of technology.
Build professional development days into the school calendar that are specifically for collaborative planning .
Ensure that meetings (whether face-to-face or digital) provide opportunities for collaborative planning.
Meaningful Planning For Collaboration
MEANINGFUL PLANNING KEEPS YOUR SCHOOL FROM BECOMING…
School-based teams use a variety of configurations as an approach for providing collaboration:
Connecting People to Information and Knowledge
Connecting People to People
Synchronous vs. Asynchronous
Diigo - a social bookmarking site available anywhere there is Internet access
GoogleDocs enables multiple people in different locations to work simultaneously on the same document from any computer with Internet access
Oovooallows up to a 4 person collaborative video conference
greater teacher retention rates
increased teacher job satisfaction
improved student achievement
Benefits of Staff Collaboration
The proliferation of Web 2.0 tools on the web offers numerous ways of collaborating with colleagues Web 2.0 Tools
Collaboration can occur anywhere at anytime through the use of the Internet, digital video and communication technologies.
The 21st Century Real World…
Teachers collaborate during lesson planning to personalize learning for each student. Tiered Instruction
Tiered Instruction is:
Tiered Instruction Is:
Tiers are flexible
Collaboration between educators and parents
Roles Roles are not necessary, but may be used. Suggested roles:
Participants feel their presence and contribution is important to the group.
Acknowledging and resolving conflict
Clear decision making processes
Volunteering for tasks
Bringing information back to the group (scaffolding)
Holding each other to commitments
Facilitation—a means to the end
People collaborate only when they share a goal
Make sure the goals are clearly defined
There must be buy-in to achieve success
Mutual goals should be concrete and attainable
Reinforces a sense of equality
Accept responsibility for results both positive or negative
Promotes trust and individual integrity
Accountability should address the issue, not assign blame
Everyone is responsible for doing their share
Shared Beliefs Teachers’ instructional practices should support the achievement of 21st century learning expectations by:
engaging students in cross disciplinary learning
engaging students as active and self-directed learners
emphasizing inquiry, problem solving, and higher order thinking skills
applying knowledge and skills to authentic tasks
engaging students in self-assessment and reflection
Teachers have a shared responsibility for student achievement across the entire school community.
Teachers have expectations of their students and of themselves to be life-long learners.