This week, I received a link to an article by Learning Forward with the title, "Collaboration is the answer" (Hirsch & Crow, 2018). Since my work is around fostering a culture of collaboration, I had to stop and read it (https://learningforward.org/publications/blog/learning-forward-blog/2018/01/30/collaboration-is-the-answer).
The thing I like best about this article is it recognizes the complex issues being faced by today's educators; hence, the reason for collaboration. If one person knew the answer to the problem, then it would already be solved. “No generation of educators in the history of the United States has ever been asked to do so much for so many” (DuFour & Marzano, 2011, p. 5). The answer to beginning to support all student success is through collaboration.
The MNPS collaborative inquiry process provides a meeting structure and equips facilitators with group dynamic strategies for ensuring that meetings are productive, efficient, and honors the professional expertise in the room. As Albert Einstein said, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Collaborative inquiry allows the best thinking to rise to the top for addressing issues that are hindering our success.
To see MNPS schools and organizations using collaborative inquiry, please check out the Workshop Warehouse.
If you would like to share a story about collaborative inquiry or interested in assistance, please contact Margie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DuFour, R. & Marzano, B. (2011). Leaders of learning: how district, school, and classroom leaders improve student achievement. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.
Hirsch, S. & Crow, T. (2018). Collaboration is the answer. Learning Forward website. Retrieved from https://learningforward.org/publications/blog/learning-forward-blog/2018/01/30/collaboration-is-the-answer
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