Case Study: Building A Collaborative Culture

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Collaboration is more than an activity. It is a process with associated behaviors that can be taught and developed—a process governed by a set of norms that maximize individual contribution while leveraging the collective intellect of everyone involved. Collaboration is working toward a common goal or shared vision. The work is both individual and collective. Individuals want to be part of their organization; they want to know the organization’s purpose; they want to make a difference (Fullan, 2011). Fullan (2011) described the importance of building a collaborative culture with key elements as the building blocks. Setting a few simple goals that build collective capacity and foster healthy competition help to build collaborative cultures …show more content…
The superintendent assumed the principals would be ready to build professional learning communities (PLCs). After reading Fullan (2011) and Kelly and Shaefer (2014), it is evident that the major building blocks for collaboration in organizations were lacking. An analysis of the case study will demonstrate steps to successful …show more content…
This collaborative capacity creates a clear vision and strategy to enable collective thinking, planning, and implementation of change and effectively problem solve. It may be impossible to meet the diverse needs of all students, but with a system of support in place teachers and administrators can work to create a knowledge base that empowers young people. Schmuck, Bell and Bell (2012) stated that “effective teamwork demands emotional or group intelligence, not just the energy and influence from one person…Increasingly, educators are expected to work together and to share their resources to provide a broadened range of learning opportunities for students” (p.

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