Planning to implement collaboration
In this final discussion you will review the goals you have defined (see Discussion 2: Goals for collaboration) and the assets you have mapped (see Discussion 3: Assets for and constraints on collaboration). This discussion will help you begin to design a plan for moving forward.
A) Summarizing your discussions thus far
- What have been the most important insights or conclusions from these discussions?
- Were you mostly on the same page, or were there significant differences in opinion? What were your important areas of agreement and disagreement?
- What concerns need more attention?
- What questions remain unanswered, and what other information do you need?
- What constraints and pitfalls do you need to keep in mind as you start to create a more collaborative workplace?
B) Moving forward with collaboration
- Which of the goals you explored in Discussion 2 seem most compelling and important for your school?
- Which of the assets or resources you identified in Discussion 3 are available in your school? Which do you need to access, create or obtain?
- Which of the constraints you identified in Discussion 3 are most daunting? Which will you address first?
- Which of the collaborative practices described in Discussion 4, if any, would be useful in your school?
- How can you ensure that collaborative practices work for teachers of all backgrounds?
- How can you ensure that collaborative practices work for teachers with different teaching assignments, such as different grade levels, subject areas or groups of children?
- Who else needs to be brought into this conversation—particularly at the district level— to help you move forward?
- How will you measure your progress? How will you celebrate success and recover from setbacks?
- How will efforts to help teachers work more collaboratively be sustained?