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HS humanities teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia

Thanks for these great ideas

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Thanks for these great ideas Samer!

I definitely agree that every group is unique and requires different strategies. Ultimately it does seem clear that collaboration is never successful without clear, shared goals and that participants should have meaningful agency and ownership of the process.

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@ctarter899 I've organized a

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I've organized a number of collaborations between colleagues. Each group has been different, with its own set of personalities, preferences, and needs. That said, I've learned that I can usually maximize success by:

1) Seeking input from participants about what they want to see come out of the collaboration.

2) Doing my best to ensure that the collaboration happens within a safe space, so that participants are able to explore the opportunity as their authentic selves.

3) Being open to changing the plan (even in the midst of the collaboration) based on participant feedback.

The process is more art than science, but that's the nature of human interaction, isn't it? They key is empowering participants to make connections with other people, resources, and each other's ideas.

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Joshua, Have you ever

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Joshua,
Have you ever implemented this with other instructors? I am an instructional coach and a big focus this year is on growing as educators in our own learning. I am trying to get a collaboration of teachers together from across the district and would love any ideas or feedback on your experiences.

Thanks. I'll catch up with

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Thanks. I'll catch up with you next week about it (I'll be at your SLA class). You've inspired me to work on a longer term project for the fall. I'm thinking of trying something with philosophy for my seniors. Maybe graduate students? I'm also going to look into some grants. I've written successful grants in the past. It might be time to try it again. Thank you!

HS humanities teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia

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Sorry... I posted my response in a separate thread... see below :)

HS humanities teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia

Thanks for your comment

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Thanks for your comment Danielle. SadIy, I have no magic formula but I do think that relationships are essential. I have had success by starting with small collaborations ("bringing in experts") and then building relationships that lead to co-planning and excitement about larger projects.
Also I wouldn't overlook the value of putting the word out about your interests or hopes. In the past I have spoken to friends in the arts community who have directed me to other artists who have projects that provide opportunities for my students' participation.

Hi Joshua, I'd love to hear

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Hi Joshua,

I'd love to hear more about how you set up these collaborations! I have brought in experts to work with my students, but never for a long-term project. Usually, they come as a "good deed." I think it's a great idea to set it up through a grant. Can you tell me more about how you negotiate these projects?

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