Elevating Relationships: How Collaboration Shapes Teaching and Learning

“Whatever level of human capital schools acquire through hiring can subsequently be developed through activities such as grade-level or subject-based teams of teachers, faculty committees, professional development, coaching, evaluation, and informal interactions. As teachers join together to solve problems and learn from one another, the school’s instructional capacity becomes greater than the sum of its parts.”1

This quote from Harvard professor Susan Moore Johnson may make perfect sense to you. Our systems and organizations, however, are largely structured around individual values. As such, a primary goal is to optimize and reward performance at the individual level. So, while some of us (perhaps many of us) might agree that a team’s capacity can exceed the sum of individual members’ capacity, we generally have a difficult time translating that knowledge into action—for example, rewarding individual behaviors that enhance team dynamics. Part of the problem is that there’s still a lot to learn about how teamwork and collaboration are effectively nurtured.

–Esther Quintero https://www.aft.org/ae/summer2017/quintero

 

“Why Do Billionaires Care So Much about Charter Schools?”

 

This LA Times op-ed by Harold Meyerson explores the confusing politics of the big-money charter supporters on both the left and right and concludes:

“Charter billionaires have settled on a diagnosis, and a cure, that focuses on the deficiencies of the system’s victims, not the system itself.”

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-meyerson-billionaire-charters-20170526-story.html