Leadership organization and purpose are vital to productive collaborations All

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Leadership, organization, and purpose are vital to productive collaborations. All col- laborative learning requires some degree of leadership, organization, and goal set- ting in order to be productive. Leadership may take different forms, depending on the nature and purposes of the collaboration, which can shift over time. K–12 educators should consider expanding their networks to include students and their families, as well as community members. In thinking about with whom to collabo- rate, educators should consider stakeholders outside the school staff. Students, families, and communities can be powerful partners in improving the students’ educational experiences and outcomes. The support of school leaders is vital to building-based learning communities. This chapter charges school leaders with creating and sustaining the conditions necessary for productive learning communities, which includes fostering collegiality, a culture of
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Summary and Resources inquiry, and a sense of community among school staff as well as ensuring that teachers have the necessary time, space, and resources. End of Chapter Critical Thinking Questions 1. Traditional approaches to school improvement involve mandates from federal and state departments of education and district officials, mandates that are imposed on school practitioners. In contrast, strategies described in this chapter are determined, organized, and driven by classroom practitioners. For what reasons, do you believe, reform efforts have largely been “top down” rather than “bottom up”? How has this affected the view of teachers as professionals, by themselves and others? According to the articles, in what ways can structured and intentional collaborative work among teachers enhance teacher professionalism? 2. Over the years, teachers have a seen a plethora of reform strategies gain popularity, fail to live to up to their promises, and then fall into oblivion. Many meet the next new reform idea with skepticism—and justifiably so. Authors in this chapter are convinced that prac- titioners working collaboratively, focused on improving instructional practice and student learning, can lead to continuous improvement of student academic outcomes. Like propo- nents of the approaches before them, they believe that they have found an answer to dilem- mas that have bedeviled K–12 schools since their inception. To what degree do you share the optimism about teacher collaboration as expressed by the authors, and why? What evidence, if any, exists that this approach can be successful alone or in combination with other reform efforts? Tying It All Together Particularly with the current emphasis on the role of teachers in student achievement, collabora- tive, professional learning is becoming increasingly important to school reform efforts. This chap- ter describes a variety of ways in which educational practitioners can work together to improve classroom practice and student outcomes and enhance teachers’ opportunities for professional learning. The authors in this chapter demonstrate the advantages of collective efforts among
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