Collaboration: Key to Building Leadership & Instructional Capacity

May 11-13, 2016

Hotel Monaco
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Good things can happen when teachers collaborate with other teachers and leaders.  This great process of engagement can build trust and instructional capacity and lead to

Collaboration demands much more than cooperation.

To collaborate well we need to be able to network; build alliances, and partnerships; manage meaning; negotiate; persist; overcome obstacles; be flexible

  • Knowledge of content, teaching approaches, and students;
  • Rigorous instructional materials and teaching resources;
  • Cultures dedicated to learning and improvement; and,
  • Organizations that encourage recognition and sharing.

Despite well-intentioned attitudes designed to unite teams, collaboration can’t thrive with pleasantries alone. Tough decisions must be made. Compromises and trade-offs must be bargained, accepting that not every team leader will walk away with his or her perfect scenario. 

We grow our abilities to recognize and deliver rigorous instruction and materials through collaborations and creative abrasions. We collaborate to create ways to adapt to our students and our local contexts.  For our conference, we begin our work together with a small set of key questions.

How does productive collaboration build leadership and instructional capacity?

How can systems use structure, routines and processes to maximize high-leverage practices?

What does current research tell us about ways to structure and adapt our work to improve instruction?

Join us as we look at common structures and resources used by districts to build instructional capacity while engaging with tools, protocols, and artifacts to help drive collaborations.