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Collaboration friday

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Collaboration friday

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  2. 2. Collaboration…. often associated with ‘teamwork’<br />
  3. 3. Collaborative Culture<br />Positive Attributes<br />Tired Instruction<br />Planning Process<br />Out of the Box and Join the Circle of Collaboration <br />Shared Beliefs<br />Meaningful <br />Instruction<br />Shared <br />Accountably<br />Mutual Goals<br />Meaningful Planning<br />Reflections<br />Defined Roles<br />Best Practice<br />
  4. 4. Collaboration<br />Teacher collaboration can be:<br /><ul><li>Two teachers informally discussing a student’s progress
  5. 5. Cooperative planning
  6. 6. Long-term, regularly scheduled meetings with school stakeholders
  7. 7. Examining state standards, and research to overhaul curricula</li></ul>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.<br />
  8. 8. Hmm…<br />
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  10. 10. Positive Attributes of Collaboration<br /><ul><li>Increased opportunity to interact with their colleagues in areas of difficulty
  11. 11. Obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources
  12. 12. Shared commitment in monitoring results and making adjustments when barriers and problems are identified;
  13. 13. Shared information and resources;
  14. 14. Opportunities for risk-taking, new roles, and continued learning;
  15. 15. Flexibility in terms of different styles and different ways to meet goals
  16. 16. Communication and cooperation
  17. 17. Ability to disagree and still work together
  18. 18. Time and opportunity to plan and build classroom structure
  19. 19. Joint decision-making
  20. 20. An increase in teacher sensitivity to other's roles and responsibilities.</li></li></ul><li>Planning Process<br />
  21. 21. <ul><li>A clear understanding of where we have been.
  22. 22. A methodical examination of the school environment.
  23. 23. A thorough assessment of the school’s mission.
  24. 24. A clear vision of organizational goals.
  25. 25. A process to present ways of reaching those goals.
  26. 26. An inclusive, collaborative process for gathering information, ideas, opinions and intuitions on which goals and decisions are based.
  27. 27. A realization that planning never stops.</li></ul>Planning Process<br />
  28. 28. Meaningful Planning For Collaboration <br />“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.”<br />Gamble, J. (2008)<br />
  29. 29. Meaningful Planning For Collaboration <br />Collaborative planning requires <br />making <br />the time to work and learn with colleagues.<br />
  30. 30. <ul><li>Develop a master schedule that includes time for shared planning time.</li></ul>Meaningful Planning For Collaboration <br /><ul><li>Allow students to have longer instructional periods with fewer teachers through the integration and implementation of technology.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Build professional development days into the school calendar that are specifically for collaborative planning .
  31. 31. Ensure that meetings (whether face-to-face or digital) provide opportunities for collaborative planning.</li></ul>Meaningful Planning For Collaboration <br />
  33. 33. School-based teams use a variety of configurations as an approach for providing collaboration:<br /><ul><li>Connecting People to Information and Knowledge
  34. 34. Connecting People to People
  35. 35. Organizational Improvement
  36. 36. Knowledge Exchange
  37. 37. Synchronous vs. Asynchronous</li></ul>Best Practices<br />
  38. 38. <ul><li>Diigo - a social bookmarking site available anywhere there is Internet access
  39. 39. GoogleDocs enables multiple people in different locations to work simultaneously on the same document from any computer with Internet access
  40. 40. Oovooallows up to a 4 person collaborative video conference</li></ul>Collaborative Tools<br />
  41. 41. <ul><li>greater teacher retention rates
  42. 42. increased teacher job satisfaction
  43. 43. improved student achievement</li></ul>Benefits of Staff Collaboration<br />
  44. 44. The proliferation of Web 2.0 tools on the web offers numerous ways of collaborating with colleagues<br />Web 2.0 Tools<br />
  45. 45. Collaboration can occur anywhere at anytime through the use of the Internet, digital video and communication technologies.<br />
  46. 46. The 21st Century Real World…<br />
  47. 47. Teachers collaborate during lesson planning to personalize learning for each student.<br />Tiered Instruction<br />
  48. 48. Roles<br />Roles are not necessary, but may be used.<br />Suggested roles:<br /><ul><li> Facilitator/Leader
  49. 49. Note taker/Listener
  50. 50. Questioner/Devil’s Advocate
  51. 51. Harmonizer</li></li></ul><li>Participants feel their presence and contribution is important to the group.<br />
  52. 52. Active Participation<br /><ul><li>Talking
  53. 53. Asking questions
  54. 54. Acknowledging and resolving conflict
  55. 55. Clear decision making processes
  56. 56. Making decisions
  57. 57. Volunteering for tasks
  58. 58. Bringing information back to the group (scaffolding)</li></li></ul><li>Active Participation<br /><ul><li>Holding each other to commitments
  59. 59. Equalizing power
  60. 60. Note taking
  61. 61. Facilitation—a means to the end</li></li></ul><li>Mutual Goals<br />
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  63. 63. Mutual Accountability<br /><ul><li>People collaborate only when they share a goal
  64. 64. Make sure the goals are clearly defined
  65. 65. There must be buy-in to achieve success
  66. 66. Mutual goals should be concrete and attainable</li></li></ul><li>Shared Accountability<br />
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  68. 68. Shared Accountability<br /><ul><li>Reinforces a sense of equality
  69. 69. Accept responsibility for results both positive or negative
  70. 70. Promotes trust and individual integrity
  71. 71. Accountability should address the issue, not assign blame
  72. 72. Everyone is responsible for doing their share </li></li></ul><li>Shared Beliefs<br /> Teachers’ instructional practices should support the achievement of 21st century learning expectations by:<br /><ul><li>personalizing instruction
  73. 73. engaging students in cross disciplinary learning
  74. 74. engaging students as active and self-directed learners
  75. 75. emphasizing inquiry, problem solving, and higher order thinking skills
  76. 76. applying knowledge and skills to authentic tasks
  77. 77. engaging students in self-assessment and reflection
  78. 78. integrating technology </li></li></ul><li>Shared Beliefs<br /><ul><li>Teachers have a shared responsibility for student achievement across the entire school community.
  79. 79. Teachers have expectations of their students and of themselves to be life-long learners.</li></li></ul><li>Reflection<br />