Collaborative management Managing professional learning communities in the benefit of the student
15-19 February 2021, Berlin, Germany
About the course
This course is for teams of managers who are in the process of implementing, developing or improving the teamwork of teachers or collaborative teaching practice. We strongly encourage more managers from the same school to participate together.
Collaborative teaching involves two or more teachers working together to lead, instruct and mentor groups of students, focusing on the 21st century key competences (such as collaboration, creative and innovative thinking, critical thinking and communication), and often working cross disciplinary. Collaborative teaching/ professional learning communities among teachers can enhance students’ performance and well being. Through collaboration and a reflective practice teachers develop themselves, their own teaching practice and their common approaches to go beyond traditional subjects and to deal better with classes or students in difficulties.
The management of the school has a great responsibility in the transition towards creating collaborative teaching. Both in ensuring that the mission and vision is clear, in translating the vision into daily tasks, as well as in providing the time, space, culture and competences. Furthermore, the management must model the cooperation they would like to see among teachers. The course will look at all these factors as well as give time and space for the teams of participants to tailor a plan that fits their specific school.
The course will give you…
An overview of the concept of collaborative teaching – the history of the concepts and the evidence of its link to students’ performance
An insight into the social constructionist approach to management and leadership teams
An ability to create clarity and set the framework, ensuring that change processes lead towards organisational goals
The importance of modelling cooperation within the management team
Skills to lead open and explorative dialogues within the management team (and beyond) to model risk-taking and innovative thinking
A chance to reflect upon the success criteria of collaborative teaching at your school and work on a tailored plan
The course fee for this four day course is 750 Euro, which can be almost fully covered by an Erasmus+ grant (plus travel and stay). Of course, our courses are open to anyone, also without Erasmus+ grants! Read more about this course here.