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Leading Collaborative Learning

Leading Collaborative Learning
Empowering Excellence

First Edition

Foreword by Jim Knight, Introduction by John Hattie, and Afterword by Michael Fullan

April 2016 | 320 pages | Corwin

Leadership, collaborative learning, and student achievement – discover what works!

Today’s improving school systems require educators who intentionally collaborate and co-learn in service of students to get expected results. This resource-rich book from experts Sharratt and Planche is a straightforward, strategic path to achieving sustainable communities of deep learners. Research-proven inquiry techniques, vignettes, case studies and practical action-oriented protocols help you build strong learning relationships for high-impact student achievement.

System leaders, principals and teachers learn to: 

  • Integrate diverse views and perspectives
  • Build trust and hear every voice
  • Apply a replicable inquiry framework to leverage key resources and processes
  • Build students’ cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills 
  • Use “Assessment-in-Action” to improve, monitor and sustain student and staff progress 
  • Build a collaborative culture through learning together

Use this guide to transform your school from a place of ‘good intentions’ to a center of intentional practice today!

“Is your school ready to learn to meet student needs as a team? If so, Leading Collaborative Learning: Empowering Excellence is the book to help your staff learn together in order to improve student learning.”
Renee Peoples, Teaching and Learning Coach
West Elementary, NC

“This is more than just another book on school leadership or school improvement. Collaborative learning is essential for success, and educators working in any capacity can find information here about how their role contributes to the process. From system leaders to school leaders to teachers to students, this book clearly explains the necessity of everyone’s participation in collaborative learning processes. As the authors state, participation in collaboration “is a powerful way to deepen educator capacity, to increase the value of the professional capital in the school, and to harness the power of the collective.”
Melanie Mares Sainz, Instructional Coach
Lowndes Middle School, VA

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword by Jim Knight
Introduction by John Hattie
About the Authors
Chapter 1. Leading Collaborative Learning
Moving to Excellence

Guided by Research

Definitions Set the Stage

How We Lead Matters

Our Research

Broad Themes Emerging From the Research

Collaborative Learning Cultivates Leadership

The Impact of Collaboration on Student Learning

A Pause for Reflection

Chapter 2. From Theory Into Action
Conditions for System Success

Constructivism Frames Our Approach to Inquiry

Collaborative Learning Is Our Approach to Leading

Translating Our Theory of Action Into Four Practical Elements

The Impact of Collaboration on Student Learning

A Pause for Reflection

Chapter 3. System Leaders Working Alongside School Leaders
The Importance of System Leadership

Leadership With Attitude: From Collegiality to Co-Learning

Preparing Leaders to Lead Learning

Structures That Drive Learning

Applying Our Theory of Action

The Impact of Collaboration on Student Learning

A Pause for Reflection

Chapter 4. School Leaders Working Alongside Teacher-Leaders
Leadership for Student Achievement and Collaborative Learning

Five Dimensions of Leadership

Contextual Factors That Build Collaboration

Using Leadership Influence

Practical First Steps Enabling Collaborative Inquiry

The Strong Case for Accomplished Teacher-Leaders in Every School

Data That Matter

When Time Is an Issue, a System Leader or Principal Might . . .

Voices From the Field: A Case Study

Applying Our Theory of Action

The Impact of Collaboration on Student Learning

A Pause for Reflection

Chapter 5. Teachers Working Alongside Teachers
Unstructured and Structured Collaboration

Changing the “What” in Learning Conversations

Learning Protocols as Scaffolds to Successful Collaborative Inquiry

Applying Our Theory of Action

A Pause for Reflection

The Impact of Collaboration on Student Learning

Chapter 6. Teachers and Students Working Alongside Each Other
Teaching Is Evolving

What’s the Difference? Cooperative Learning, Collaborative Learning, and Co-Learning

Authentic Collaborative Learning Matters

Teachers as Stewards

Personalization and Differentiation Matters

Classroom Inquiry-Based Learning: A Timely Approach

Student-Led Learning Walks

Applying Our Theory of Action

A Pause for Reflection

Our Culminating Event

The Impact of Collaboration on Student Learning

Afterword by Michael Fullan
Appendix A. Survey Questions

Appendix B. A Protocol to Establish Norms of Engagement

Appendix C. Inhibiting and Enabling Conditions for Collaboration

Appendix D. Sample Collaborative Discussion Protocol

Appendix E. Benefits and Challenges of Networked Learning Communities

Appendix F. Guiding Questions for Leaders in the Establishment of a School Leadership Team

Appendix G. A Professional Learning Protocol: Sharing Student Work as a Driver for Co-Learning for Three to Four Participants

Appendix H. A Protocol for the Process of Co-Learning With and Without Release Time

Appendix I. Practical Beginnings to Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning

Appendix J. Assessment Within Inquiry Processes

The Book Study
References and Further Readings

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