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Improving Education through Collaboration (P-12)

EDUC 600

Schools need collaboration to keep adults and students learning and to successfully implement new ideas. This 3-credit continuing education graduate course will cover the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts related to collaboration. Effective collaboration requires that educators have the skills of relationship building, clear and positive communication, and conflict resolution.  Also important is on-going review of the collaborative process.  Participants in this course will learn about the components of effective collaboration as well as strategies and skills to encourage and maintain the process.  Participants will have the opportunity to apply several practical tools in their educational setting. Lots of materials, activities, strategies and ideas will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that students of course participants will know, understand and be able to implement these tools which will result in higher student achievement.

Objectives:

  1. How to help students better understand the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts of the course content.
  2. The importance of the collaborative process for learning.
  3. The role of effective collaboration in the implementation of new ideas.
  4. The necessary components of effective collaboration.
  5. The skills needed for individuals to participate in the process.
  6. How to implement specific strategies for incorporating models learned into the school and classroom.
  7. Students of course participants will know, understand and be able to implement five specific achievement tools which will result in higher student performance levels.

Required Texts:

DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & Many, T. (2008).  Learning by Doing. Bloomington, IN, Solution Tree.

Snell, M. E., Janney, R., Elliott, J., & Beck, M. (2005).  Collaborative Teaming: Teacher’s Guide to Inclusive Practices.  Baltimore, MD:  Brooks Publishing Co.    

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