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Celia Szelwach (not verified)

Mr. O'Neal, I agree that

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Mr. O'Neal, I agree that Teamwork and Collaboration are competencies that are sorely needed within the school systems. As a parent, educational consultant, and adjunct faculty for a local college, I've personally observed the silos that exist within schools, between schools, and with the larger community. Since my background is primarily in the business sector, I've been asked to work with several schools to develop a better appreciation for teaming and collaborative behaviors to support career pathways development and in-service programs for faculty. The concrete efforts I use include: 1. Asking faculty members to identify their stakeholders--who they serve. Often, there are more stakeholders than the faculty and staff recognize including seeing themselves as serving one another. 2. Identifying the barriers to teamwork and collaboration, then asking the faculty to develop strategies to remove these barriers which often exist only in their minds. In other words, a function of the status quo culture and fear of change. 3. Discussing a model for Trust Building with stakeholders and conducting "role plays" and case studies in fishbowl formats to demonstrate how to build trust and collaborative communications. 4. I asked the assistant principal and development director for one of the private schools I work with a simple question: How are the teachers collaborating to ensure the students gained maximum learning from their trip to DC next Spring? Was it possible to visit certain museums and touch upon more than just "History" with this visit? Couldn't they work together to create a brief learning guide that embeds multiple subjects into the trip and maximizes every learning experience? I believe the shift to small learning communities has changed the structures within schools to enable more collaboration. The challenge now is to shift the cultures, mindsets, and behaviors within the schools to create a truly collaborative learning environment. Celia Szelwach Bradenton, FL Creative Collaborations Consulting, Inc.
Bryan Wilkins (not verified)

You left out a key component

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You left out a key component of this team bulilding and that is having the time. If it is just another task to do amoung so many others already, it will fail. If you add a task on an already burdened group, you have to take something else away. "What we will not do so that we have time to do this other?" regards, Bryan Wilkins Sultana High School
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