Few would argue the merits of providing time for collaboration during the school day. However, determining how to do it is not a simple task. We acknowledge that creativity is needed when looking to create time for teams – however, there are far too many examples of schools that are making it work for this to be an excuse.
Essentially, embedding time for teams requires flexibility, creativity and a willingness to try something new. It is important for school leaders to keep in mind the words of Douglas Reeves (2009), who suggests, “one of the least popular actions any teacher or school leader can take is to change the schedule” (p. 93).
Here are some resources and databases we have established to help schools with the task of creating embedded time for collaboration:
- Share how your school creates time for teams – complete a Google form submission to help us continue to collect examples of how schools with different grade configurations are embedding time
- View how other schools create embedded time – a Google doc showing collected responses from the previous Google form
In our text Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model, we also share further ideas and examples related to embedding time for professional collaboration in schools, particularly for the purpose of collaborative team meetings.
Embedding Time for Collaboration Chart – an organizer to help schools and districts engaging in discussions related to embedding time
We encourage you to access these resources to assist in looking at embedded time in your school or district, as well as share how you provide time for educators to collaborate related to the needs of students.
Reeves, D. B. (2009). Leading change in your school: How to conquer myths, build commitment, and get results. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.