Exploring how to design effective innovation strategies, this workshop is focused on the needs of school leaders, aspirational leaders, Board Members, and other change agents in K12 schools.
Collaboration is the latest direction for educational innovation and improvement and so called Professional Collaboration has been demonstrated to boost student achievement. It increases teacher motivation and retention. It also enhances the implementation of innovation and change. The big questions are no longer about whether educators should collaborate but about how and how well they should collaborate.
Based on current research from Andy’s forthcoming book, participants will be led through case studies of schools that have designed and implemented innovative programs as well as exploring new ways to collaborate. How do schools design professional interaction so that teachers can give and get rigorous feedback on each others’ teaching? How do they plan innovative curriculum together face-to-face and online? How do teachers inquire into their own practice together every day? And how do colleagues collaborate with students as well as with each other?
Andy Hargreaves presents inspiring examples of innovative and effective teacher collaboration from all over the world so that you can learn how to help your teachers collaborate differently and more effectively.
This workshop will incorporate what Andy describes as the “Four B’s” of transferring innovative designs effectively from one place to many others.
- Before – how long did it take the principal to get the school to a point where it could innovate effectively?
- Betwixt – what others things such as cultures of trust happen elsewhere in the school in ways that support particular innovative designs?
- Beyond – how is the school connected to other schools locally and globally to give and get good ideas?
- Beside – what does the “system” do – whether it is a government or a network – to help and not hinder schools in their innovative and collaborative efforts?
In addition the “Ten Tenets” of “collaborative professionalism” of innovative schools will be set out.
This is not just a workshop on professional collaboration but rather is about how to collaborate differently, better, and well, by looking at some of the most innovative examples of teacher collaboration and innovation from across the world