Plan and deliver instruction that is informed by proactive efforts to gain effective ideas and new or challenging perspectives from colleagues and experts.
Why is Collaboration Essential for Educators?
Collaboration is a cross-cutting theme of Educators Rising Standards. Successful teaching is a team sport, even if there is often only one teacher in a given classroom at a time. Successful collaboration requires strategy and skill.
Rising educators understand that building relationships through collaboration with students, peers, experts, leaders, families, and stakeholders is essential. It helps teachers strengthen their practice, enhance learning environments, and invigorate the profession. Thoughtfully aligned efforts between educators and stakeholders benefit students. Collaboration requires patience, hard work, and humility, but it is essential for any teacher who promotes student learning first and foremost.
As educators responsible for students’ learning and growth, it is very common for colleagues to plan collaboratively before ultimately delivering instruction on their own. Collaborative planning offers opportunities for peers, colleagues, and experts to refine ideas so they are as targeted, relevant, and research-supported as possible.
This means frequently engaging with other educators in critical conversations virtually and in person about teaching practices.
The featured lesson or learning experience in the micro-credential submission should be planned at least one or two days in advance of its implementation. You should deliver the lesson or learning experience in an authentic learning setting.
The planning process for this lesson or learning experience must reflect significant, meaningful collaboration. This collaborative process should include:
Essentially, you will learn from and pick the brains of other smart, engaged educators to help you develop a quality lesson plan, which you will then deliver. The collaborative process is meant to strengthen your teaching practice and benefit your students.
Engaging effectively in collaborative tasks requires certain agreements and commitments among the parties involved. These agreements and commitments include:
Some suggested strategies for successful collaboration in a group include the following:
You are strongly encouraged to write first drafts of your Collaboration Narrative and Reflection Essay within a day of delivering the lesson. Capturing fresh memories and insights is important, and it mirrors how skilled educators have to move quickly to reflect on teaching experiences and immediately move forward.
This micro-credential is aligned to the following Educators Rising Standards:
I. Understanding the Profession
II. Learning About Students
IV. Engaging in Responsive Planning
V. Implementing Instruction
VI. Using Assessments and Data
VII. Engaging in Reflective Practice
To complete the application for this micro-credential, the rising educator will complete the Educators Rising Collaboration submission form. To earn the micro-credential, the rising educator must earn a score of “Highly Skilled” or “Commendable” on all components of the Part 1, 2, and 3 rubrics. If the rising educator does not earn the micro-credential, he/she is encouraged to reflect on where the submission fell short, address those areas successfully per the rubric, and resubmit. Remember to download the Educators Rising Collaboration submission form for compiling your submission here: http://bit.ly/EdRisingCollab.
In the Collaboration Narrative, concisely describe the collaborative planning you undertook to inform your development of the lesson plan featured in this micro-credential submission:
Be sure to examine the following ideas:
Compose a reflective essay using the following guiding questions (500-word maximum; use the provided submission form).
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