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1 Better Together The Power of Collaboration Presented by Wayne Hulley 1

2 See Our Perception Become Our Realities Get Personal Perceptions Stories We Tell Ourselves Our Actions Our Results Do 2

3 Teachers are independent contractors and share only the parking lot and the staff lounge with other staff Failure is not an option in my classroom Leadership is about positive influence Every teacher should serve the needs of next year’s teacher An individual teacher cannot meet the individual needs of 20 or 30 students in one classroom School improvement is the result of teacher improvement Sees Lead To Thoughts and Actions 3

4 See Organizational Culture- Shared Perceptions GetDo Culture Purpose, Vision, Values, Beliefs, Assumptions Structures Procedures, Timetables, Programs Results 4

5 See Organizational Culture- Shared Perceptions GetDo Culture Purpose, Vision, Values, Beliefs, Assumptions Charles Darwin Academy Pontius Pilot Preparatory Toronto Maple Leafs Secondary Henry Higgins High School 5

6 Culture Defined School culture is the result of shared beliefs, expectations and assumptions that direct individual and group thinking and behaviour. The culture has not changed until behaviours are modified. 6

7 Need for a Collaborative Culture “Improving schools require collaborative cultures…Without collaborative skills and relationships, it is not possible to learn and to continue to learn as much as you need to know to improve.” Michael Fullan 7

8 Collaboration and School Capacity Student NeedsStudent Success Teacher Choices Student NeedsStudent Success Collaborative Choices Staff Sharing 8

9 See PLCs and School Needs GetDo Student Needs That Are Impossible to Meet By One Staff Member Create Collaborative Teams to Respond to Needs Learning By All 9

10 PLCs Creating Influence Student NeedsStudent Success Choice Circle of Concern Circle of Influence A PLC Brings Clarity to the Circle of Concern and Increases the Size of the Circle of Influence 10 Adapted – Stephen Covey – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

11 Culture Shifts To Meet Student Needs FromTo Teaching Learning Teacher Isolation Collaboration Pass/Fail Mindset Eliminating Failure Compliance Commitment Curriculum Overload Guaranteed Curriculum School Wide Goals Team Goals Static Assessment Dynamic Assessment Over-The-Wall Flexible Organization Planning to Plan Planning to Improve Time and Staff Fixed Learning Fixed Learning by Most Learning by All Classroom Teachers School Teachers Activity Results 11

12 PLCs And School Culture Focus on Learning Undertake Collective Inquiry Work Collaboratively Focus On ResultsCommit To Continuous Improvement Use Timely, Relevant Information to Monitor and Adjust Establish Plans for Action Products of collaboration are made explicit Create An Agenda and Keep Minutes 3 Big Ideas 12

13 The Six Fundamentals of Collaboration 1. Small numbers of people – typically less than twelve 2. Complementary skills in group members 3. Common purpose for working 4. Specific performance goals that are commonly agreed upon 5. Shared working approaches 6. Mutual accountability amongst all members Katzenbach and Smith 13

14 Levels of Collaboration A group where no performance need or opportunity exists that requires a team. Members interact to share information but have specific areas of responsibility and little mutual accountability. A group where there could be an existing performance need or opportunity that requires a team but there has not been a focus on collective performance. Interaction between member detract from each individuals’ contribution. A group where a significant performance need exists and attempts are being made to improve performance. This group typically requires more clarity about purpose, goals or outcomes and needs more discipline. A group with complementary skills, equal commitments and is mutually accountable. A real team that also has a deep commitment for one another’s personal growth and success Katzenbach and Smith Extra- Ordinary Team Working Group Potential Team Pseudo Team Real Team 14

15 Laws of Happiness Henry Cloud Being Connected – People need to feel that they belong and are important to be happy. 2. Serve – People need to be giving to be happy. 3. Purpose – People need to have a purpose and be pursuing goals to be happy. 15

16 16 The Mathematical Makeup of Happiness 10% 40%50% Circumstances -Good Fortune -Bad Fortune Internal Makeup -Genetics -Life Factors Choices -Life Practices -Things You Do On Purpose Henry Cloud – The Law of Happiness (2011)

17 1.Worthwhile work driven by goals and values The Law of the Squirrel Creating a Gung Ho Culture 2.Putting workers in control of achieving the goals The Law of the Beaver 3.Cheering each other on The Law of the Goose The Laws of a Gung Ho Culture Gung Ho: Sheldon Bowles and Ken Blanchard: 1997 “gong he” Work Together 17

18 18 The Dash “The Difference We Make in Our Lifetime” D.O.B.D.O.D.


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