The above line from Rush Hour is a favorite one for my sons and me, so I thought it would be a great way to get your attention…..
One of the barriers identified for implementing collaborative inquiry was the lack of a common language. When starting something new, sometimes assumptions are made that we are all on the same page and that you “understand the words coming out of my mouth”.
During the summer of 2015, a committee convened to develop an Innovation Configuration map (IC Map) for Collaborative Inquiry. (Check out the below videos to learn more about IC Maps.) One of the great aspects of an IC Map is it is always a working draft as the pilot with the 5 Community of Practice schools in the spring provided some feedback to improve the IC Map.
The original IC Map for Collaborative Inquiry can be accessed here.
I am excited to share the updated, revised version of the MNPS IC Map for Collaborative Inquiry, where the feedback and information we learned from the community of practice was integrated into it. The biggest revision was to component D. Previously, component D stated, “The team uses relevant data to drive decision making.”
A critical aspect that was left out of this component was the collaborative inquiry process; therefore, the below definition of collaborative inquiry was created and integrated into the new IC Map. Now, component D states “The team uses the collaborative learning cycle when investigating relevant data to guide decision making” and the collaborative learning cycle was explicitly added to the component, especially during this time that we are all building our capacity to use collaborative inquiry for facilitating data conversations.
Collaborative Inquiry is a data-based team process that consciously uses the collaborative learning cycle (activating and engaging, exploring and discovering, and organizing and integrating) and the qualities of effective groups (fostering a culture of trust, maintaining a clear focus, taking collective responsibility and data-informed decision-making).
–MNPS Community of Practice
The updated IC Map for Collaborative Inquiry can be accessed here.
If you have more feedback or suggestions for improvement, please feel free to email Margie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org OR complete the feedback form located here.
Thanks for all you do and for joining me on this learning journey to foster a culture of collaborative inquiry throughout MNPS.
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