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  • 1. Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools
    • Linda Wainio
      • [email_address]
    • Rick Kalinin
      • [email_address]
    • Paul Robinson
      • [email_address]
    • Dave Swierpel
      • [email_address]
  • 2. To Do List
    • Describe processes that we used to build relationships and trust
    • Journey down the path that led us toward collaboration & PLC’s
    • Provide examples of what collaboration looks like in CA
    • Share how relationships have changed
  • 3.
    • Collaboration developed over time and often was the by-product of events
    • Collaboration did not begin as a long range strategic plan or goal
    • Collaboration can be supported with good systems and processes
    • Collaboration is a journey (often bumpy) not a destination
  • 4. “ Stop asking if we’re almost there. We’re Nomads for crying out loud!”
  • 5. A River Runs Through It
    • Collaboration as a river
    • Tributaries
    • Rocks, rapids and whitewater
  • 6.  
  • 7. A Bit of History
    • Carman-Ainsworth located on the west side of the city of Flint Michigan
    • Flint-home of the 1936 GM Sit-down Strike
    • 5,200 students
    • 51% Free/Reduced lunch
    • Declining enrollment
  • 8. 1980’s
    • What: Instructional Program Committee
    • District-wide collaborative curriculum decision making team
    • Exists today as the Quality Education Committee
  • 9. 1990-Today
    • What: Board President & EA President Dinner Meetings
    • Provides opportunity to build relationships
  • 10. 1993-1996
    • What: Total Quality Management
    • Teachers, administrators, support staff and community study W. Edwards Deming 14 Points for Management
    • Built a foundation for systems thinking
  • 11. 1993-1994
    • What: Strategic Planning
    • Staff & community create district’s first 5 year strategic plan
    • Collaboration was not a strategic goal of the plan
  • 12. 1992-1996
    • What: Quality School’s Training
    • Each summer staff received training in William Glasser’s Quality School model
    • Collaborative training with Johnson City Schools
    • Choice Theory & Lead Management
  • 13. 1996-1999
    • What: Four Roles of Leadership and Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
    • Provided training for over 100 staff
    • Created common language
  • 14. 1997
    • What: District Analysis
    • Leadership change-superintendent document for board causes “white water”
  • 15. 1998
    • What: Development of Mutual Expectations & Commitments
    • White water becomes a “Class V” rapids – EA president says this activity will be DOA
  • 16. 1999
    • What: Red Buttons Board Night
    • EA members pack board meeting wearing red buttons in protest of superintendent contract renewal
  • 17. 2000
    • What: Dissatisfaction with Relationship
    • Leadership change
    • Both sides unhappy with current reality
    • Must be a better way
      • Not quite ready to use but willing to explore a collaborative bargaining process
  • 18. 2000
    • What: Teaming Time Contract Language
    • Time for teacher teams built into contract
      • Periodic half days
      • Not structured
  • 19. 2002-2005
    • What: NSDC Academy
    • Three year commitment brings new thinking about PD into the system
      • Academy Goals
        • Members clarify, study about, and solve authentic problems related to student learning in schools.
        • Members construct the knowledge and develop the skills and courage to solve significant problems related to student learning.
        • Members transform professional learning within their own organizations.
  • 20. 2000-2003
    • What: Teacher Evaluation Instrument
    • Shift in thinking from evaluation to professional growth
        • Based on Charlotte Danielson’s work - Teacher Evaluation to Enhance Professional Practice
    • Administrators and EA representatives trained in observational practices and use/understanding the rubric
  • 21. 2003
    • What: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
    • Aretha Franklin disrupts a board meeting
      • (oo) What you want
      • (oo) Baby, I got
      • (oo) What you need
      • (oo) Do you know I got it‘
      • (oo) All I'm askin‘
      • (oo) Is for a little respect when you come home
      • (just a little bit)
      • Hey baby (just a little bit) when you get home
      • (just a little bit) mister (just a little bit)
  • 22. 2002-2003
    • What: Leadership Academy for Administrators
    • Four day in house workshop with year long support
      • Based on the Leadership Challenge (Kouzes & Posner)
      • ISLLC Standards (Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium )
      • Michael Fullan
  • 23. 2002
    • What: Learning Time at Admin. Meetings
    • Twice monthly meetings move agenda focus from nut’s & bolts to collaborative learning for administrators
  • 24. 2003
    • What: Making Change Game
    • Administrators and teachers play the “Change Game”
    • Based on extensive research and the Concerns Based Adoption Model [CBAM] of change
  • 25. 2004
    • What: Collaborative Bargaining Process
    • Focus on interests vs. position
    • EA and Board teams commit to three day joint training in collaborative bargaining processes
    • Trained facilitators – Assistant Superintendent, Principal, EA President, EA Negotiations Chair
  • 26. 2004
    • What: Common Dialogue
    • Bargaining communication tool developed by EA and board team
    • Only form of bargaining communication
  • 27. 2004-2005
    • What: Contract Jointly Presented
    • Representatives from EA & Board team jointly present contract to EA membership
    • Collaboration is suspect – EA whitewater
    • TA is not ratified
  • 28. 2004
    • What: PD Committee Formed
    • Contract language provides for eight member committee to “assist in aligning the district’s professional development plan with the district’s mission, school improvement plans, NCA goals and strategic plan. The committee will use the Characteristics of Quality Professional Development and the NSDC Standard’s for Staff Development, as outlined by the Michigan Department of Education , as guides”.
  • 29. 2004
    • What: Collaborative Grievance Procedure
    • Administrators and building Association Representatives trained in new collaborative grievance process
  • 30. 2005
    • What: PD Contract Article Re-opened
    • PD Committee studies NSDC Standards and articles on creating time for PD
    • Recommends combining staff meetings, teaming time, and PD days to create time each week for professional learning teams
    • Article re-opened and is ratified
  • 31. 2005-2006
    • What: DuFour PLC Institute
    • Over 90 staff (teachers and administrators) complete PLC Institutes in Michigan over two summers
  • 32. 2006
    • What: Classroom Walk-Through Training
    • Teacher leaders and administrators trained together on classroom walk-through observations
  • 33. 2007
    • What: PD Contract Article
    • First article negotiated in new contract
    • Lot’s of story and interests
    • A new member joins the team to help tell the story
    • School based learning teams for three more years
  • 34. 2008
    • Internal Collaboration
      • A high school perspective
        • Blackboard
        • Common Assessments
        • Data
  • 35. A River Runs Through It
    • The Journey Continues
      • New crew in the raft
      • Whitewater is always ahead
      • Excitement, danger and progress around every bend
  • 36. Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools
    • Linda Wainio
      • [email_address]
    • Rick Kalinin
      • [email_address]
    • Paul Robinson
      • [email_address]
    • Dave Swierpel
      • [email_address]