Teacher Collaboration Information
Schools have been successful
fostering collaboration when they use specific strategies, which can be
monitored and facilitated by a member of the leadership team. Enthused Learning
can offer training in the use of the following tools:
Peer Observations. One of the hallmarks of Professional Learning Community (PLC)—in which teachers learn with and from one another—is “de-privatization” of practice, that is, teachers begin to open their doors to colleagues and make the act of teaching and learning more public. Enthused Learning can help teachers understand the value of observing colleagues and can train them in a simple coaching strategy known as PQP.
Protocols to Facilitate and Deepen Discussion
The Final Word is a favorite strategy for book studies. From the work at Annenburg, this strategy helps teachers learn to listen to one another without interrupting, to think aloud and complete their thoughts, and to make meaning of text-based presentations.
Structured Reflection Protocol is a method by which teachers can share examples of student work in a safe environment—getting feedback from colleagues’ fresh eyes about the quality, how closely the work accomplished teacher objectives, etc. Teachers decide the questions that will be discussed in each protocol process. Using the structure of this protocol
Collegial Meetings based on the Results framework (by Schmoker, ASCD) to improve student achievement. Schmoker has developed a three-part framework: (a) use data to (b) establish a clear goal on which to (c) work with teams. In this workshop, we use the book Results as a text to help teachers and administrators learn the rationale and strategies for setting goals, working collaboratively, and using data to measure progress.
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