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Collaboration IS the Strategy

Collaboration IS the Strategy
or 3 degrees of separation

Separation of educators has become the norm. Working in the public open-enrollment charter world, I have often been affronted by the accusation that charter schools are ruining public education. Yesterday, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and discussing education in Arkansas with Principal Michelle Hayward, @Principal_MOH. Principal Hayward is a Twitter virtual friend!

Principal Hayward is the mother of one of our new teachers. Despite being on a tight schedule after a meeting at the Capitol, she willingly agreed to meet with us. Principal Hayward embraces the reality of change and knows that the children belong to all of us. She willingly and openly shared best practices from her school, such as implementing Empowering Writers, @EmpWriters. Clearly,  she embraces the idea espoused by Judith Billings. "Children are the priority. Change is the reality. Collaboration is the strategy."

Change is certainly an ongoing part of our educational landscape, and as such, leaders must learn to embrace change and collaborate for the benefit of our students.  Microsoft proved that humans are separated by no more than 6.6 levels. The reality is that we are only separated by three degrees. (Physical, relationships, and spirituality) When we work together (yes, this includes public schools, public charter schools, and private schools) we take risks that will benefit our students. With this common mission, we should express and experience kindness, caring, giving, nurturing, correcting and forgiving. Isn't that what our students need to learn?

Suzanne Rogers


District Director of Professional development, AP English teacher, ELA Coach and cradle United Methodist. 


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