Week 2 Discussion 1No Excuses University – Collaboration

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Collaboration and professionalism go hand-in-hand.  There are five areas of focus that make up the Collaboration Commitment for many No Excuses University Schools.  Additionally, because candor does not come naturally to most, it needs to be taught and practiced through “candid collaboration.”  

“Candor gets more people in the conversation, and when you get more people in the conversation you get idea- rich.” – Jack Welch” 

 

a. Reflect on the five areas of focus that make up the collaboration commitment for many NEU schools. How has/may your viewpoint of collaboration change after reading these commitments? What ideas do you have for implementing these in your own professional setting? How would it benefit your team to establish similar commitments?

b. The author uses the example of why Geese fly in the “V” pattern that they so often do. Are you flying in the V?  What is it that holds you, your team, and your school back from creating an exceptional system for collaboration?

 

c. What are your strengths as a team member; what are your weaknesses?

d. Complete the Teaching Style Survey (Grasha-Riechmann) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and share a reflection of your results (Optional). 

Text

Lopez, D. (2013). No excuses university: How six exceptional systems are revolutionizing our schools. (2nd ed.) Turnaround Schools Publications.

*This text is a Constellation™ course digital materials (CDM) title.

Newman, R. (2013). Teaching and learning in the 21st century: Connecting the dots (2nd ed.). Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/

*This text is a Constellation™ course digital materials (CDM) title.

Article

International Society for Technology in Education. ISTE Standards Teachers. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/20-14_ISTE_Standards-T_PDF.pdf

Multimedia

Michael Pershan. (2012, July 6). What if Khan Academy was made in Japan? (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file].  Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHoXRvGTtAQ

Robert Swanwick. (2011, December 14). New classrooms overview part 1 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.[Video file].  Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abRtYNkmBao

Rystad, M. (2013, April 7). Assessment for learning (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file].  Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcLMlY6R7RM

Slowtortise. (2011, January 18). 21st century education (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file].  Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O35n_tvOK74

Stenhousepublishers. (2010, November 30). Rick Wormeli: Formative and summative assessment (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file].  Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJxFXjfB_B4

TED. (2006, June). Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

TEDtalksDirector. (2009, August 25). Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrkrvAUbU9Y

TED Talks. (2011, March). Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html

TED Talks. (2012, August). Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_koller_what_we_re_learning_from_online_education.html

TEDx Talks. (2012, May 31). Play, passion, purpose: Tony Wagner @ TEDxNYED (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvDjh4l-VHo

TEDxTalks. (2011, August 14). TEDxSoCal – Dr. Brian Stecher – Cultivating thriving schools (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmYdW871pL4

Websites

Common Core State Standards Initiative (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (http://www.corestandards.org)