--Dr. Lyn Sharratt, Fall 2016
When I was a middle school teacher and attended professional development workshops, one of my biggest complaints was the day would focus on theory, but I would never get to “see” the theory in practice. Needless to say, I implemented very little of what I learned from those experiences.
The best technique I found for changing my practice was by experiencing the strategy and collaborating with other teachers. Also, a theme that is surfacing as a powerful principle of supporting student success is collaborative professionalism. However, how do we foster collaborative professionalism as a way that we do work and not an additional task added to the overflowing plates of educators?
With these ideas in mind, it’s the main reason why the collaborative inquiry process is taught by immersing school staff in a collaborative experience with the process.
On January 4, 2017, Margaret Allen Middle and Head Magnet Middle had the opportunity to experience the collaborative inquiry process while reviewing the culture and climate walkthrough data. You can read more about their experiences by clicking on their names..
Do you have a collaborative inquiry story to share? If so, please let me know.
Also, If you and/or your school are interested in learning more about collaborative inquiry and how it can support student success, please feel free to reach out to Margie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharratt, L. (Fall 2016). Setting the table for collaborative professionalism. Principal Connections, 20(1), 34-37. Retrieved from http://www.lynsharratt.com/pdf/collective_professionalism.pdf
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