Section 3: Increasing collaboration and communication using OGT data
Finding Time to Collaborate
Although collaboration is vital to continuous improvement, it is difficult to fit into already busy schedules. The following list contains ideas for District Leaders, School Leaders and Teachers looking to find time throughout the school day—and school year—to incorporate best practices for collaboration:
- Provide Teachers who teach the same subject or grade level with a common prep period. The combined time will allow teachers adequate time to discuss key components of data-driven instruction, as well as other issues on which they may need to collaborate.
- Reserve staff development days for focusing on data analysis. The specially scheduled time will help departments review the past year and use this information to plan for the coming school year.
- Restructure the school day to include late arrival time or early dismissal time for students. Teachers can use this time to collaborate.
- Check with other schools that are making collaboration a priority. See if their scheduling ideas might be adapted in your district.
The most important consideration to address when incorporating scheduled collaboration time into the school day is to provide structured time during the day. By making structured collaboration a priority, schools can address the key issue that teachers say prohibits them from creating the type of continuous improvement that is often asked of them (Raywick, 30).