The Collaboration Handbook

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Step up to the plate and hit one out of the park for collaboration!Read, learn, and apply these strategies to raise the level of collaboration and achievement in your school!

• Offers hands-on tools for moving from isolation, to cooperation, to collaboration, step-by-step

• Teaches you to asses your collaboration quotient and raise it to new levels

• Convinces administrators, teachers, and librarians of the benefit collaboration has on student learning

Buzzeo has written the seminal work on collaboration.This concise, heavy-duty, power-packed volume is filled with the information teachers, librarians, and administrators need to increase levels of collaboration in their schools in order to increase student learning and achievement.Buzzeo gives readers the why, the how, and the inspiration to build and enhance collaboration in every school.Data-based analysis is a key component of this handbook which is designed to be used by teachers and librarians wherever they are on the collaboration continuum.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This title will be most useful to new media specialists and those facing barriers to collaboration, but there is something here for media specialists at all stages of the instructional partnership continuum."


School Library Journal

VOYA - Elsworth Rockefeller
This resource is "designed to be a single-volume, essential guide to collaboration," and the author does an excellent job of presenting dense information in an accessible and positive voice that brings life to her topic and keeps the reader engaged. With the research of other scholars and practitioners in her field used to illustrate and complement her work, Buzzeo shows that she is professionally well-versed and welcomes readers to explore the sources she trusts. This transparency adds richness to the text, and a lengthy "Resources" section increases the usefulness of the volume. Although traditional collaborations are addressed in detail with specific benefits to teachers, library media specialists, administrators and students for each type, a strength of the text is the inclusion of "Data-Driven Collaboration," which allows teachers and school media specialists to identify student deficits and craft joint solutions. Presenting this idea as a "next step" in the collaboration continuum offers an incentive for professionals to work toward dynamic collaboration and adds to the practicality of the text. A final chapter focuses on technology and using Web 2.0 in collaborations, and although fairly thorough, a greater technology presence overall would have been appreciated. Practically sized, well organized, and styled as a workbook - with "Putting it to Work" sections left open for reader response and site-specific details - this text will be of interest to most library media specialists and library school instructors serving students interested in school librarianship. Reviewer: Elsworth Rockefeller
School Library Journal

In this succinct guide, Buzzeo paints a picture of how media specialists can use instructional collaboration to transform a media program and increase student achievement. She begins by discussing the "Continuum of Instructional Partnership" and how to move from cooperation to coordination to collaboration to data-driven collaboration. Those new to the field will appreciate the step-by-step approach to increasing collaboration, while experienced media specialists will likely benefit most from the chapters on data-driven collaboration and assessment. The book concludes with a substantial amount of information on how to overcome common barriers to collaboration, the role of advocacy, and the importance of integrating new technologies into collaborative projects. Buzzeo uses numerous brief quotations and anecdotes from practicing media specialists to illustrate her points throughout the book. Each chapter concludes with workbooklike forms for reflection and planning, making the book ideal for a group study, either with library students or district-level media specialists. Included in these forms are "Tools for Administrators" intended for principals and district-level administrators seeking to understand and increase collaboration within their media programs. This title will be most useful to new media specialists and those facing barriers to collaboration, but there is something here for media specialists at all stages of the instructional partnership continuum.-Marcia Kochel, Olson Middle School, Bloomington, MN

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586832988
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 595,189
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Figures vii

About the Author viii

Speaking Engagements viii

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction ix

Collaborative Practice ix

Content x

Structure x

Notes xi

Section 1 Levels of Instructional Partnership 1

Chapter 1 The Instructional Partnership Continuum: Beginning with Cooperation 3

The Instructional Partnership Continuum 3

The Taxonomy 4

The Library Media Specialist's Taxonomy 4

Instructional Partnership on the Taxonomy 6

Cooperation Defined 6

Examples of Cooperation Initiated by Teachers of Administrators 7

Examples of Cooperation Initiated by the Library Media Specialist 7

Benefits of Cooperation 8

Benefits to Teachers 9

Benefits to the Library Media Specialist 9

Benefits to Administrators 9

Benefits to Students 9

Support for Cooperation 9

Determining the Appropriate Level of Partnership 10

A Radical Alternative 10

Putting It to Work 11

Tools for Library Media Specialists and Administrators 11

Tools for Library Media Specialists 14

Tools for Administrators 15

Chapter 2 The Instructional Partnership Continuum: Moving from Cooperation to Coordination 17

Coordination Defined 18

Examples of Planned Coordination Initiated by Teachers 18

Examples of Planned Coordination Initiated by the Library Media Specialist 19

Moving Forward: Cooperation Becomes Coordination 20

Online Database for American History 20

Online Database for Art Project 21

Author References Sources for Elementary Author Study 21

Streaming Video for Middle School Science 21

Coordination at Higher Levels 22

Benefits of Coordination 23

Benefits to Teachers 23

Benefits to the Library Media Specialist 23

Benefits toAdministrators 23

Benefits to Students 23

Support for Coordination 24

Putting It to Work 25

Tools for Library Media Specialists 25

Tools for Administrators 27

Chapter 3 The Instructional Partnership Continuum: Moving from Coordination to Collaboration 29

Collaboration Defined 30

Examples of Collaboration Initiated by Teachers 30

Examples of Collaboration Initiated by the Library Media Specialist 31

Moving Forward: Coordination Becomes Collaboration 33

Freshman Orientation Deluxe 33

State Research with a Technology Twist 34

Visual Literacy through Kindergarten Habitat Study 34

Reader's Theater in Middle School Drama Class 35

Collaboration at Higher Levels 35

Benefits to Collaboration 36

Benefits to Teachers 36

Benefits to the Library Media Specialist 36

Benefits to Administrators 37

Benefits to Students 37

Support for Collaboration 37

Putting It to Work 39

Tools for Library Media Specialists 39

Tools for Administrators 41

Chapter 4 The Instructional Partnership Continuum: Moving from Collaboration to Data-Driven Collaboration 43

Data-Driven Collaboration Defined 44

Examples of Student Deficits Revealed by Test Data 44

Examples of Data-Driven Collaboration to Address Deficits 45

Moving Forward: Collaboration becomes Data-Driven Collaboration 46

A Book Club to Address Reading Deficits 47

Data-Driven Collaboration from Kindergarten through High School 48

Benefits of Data-Driven Collaboration 49

Benefits to Teachers 49

Benefits to the Library Media Specialist 49

Benefits to Administrators 49

Benefits to Students 49

Support for Data-Driven Collaboration 50

Putting It to Work 52

Tools for Library Media Specialists 52

Tools for Administrators 54

Section 2 Recording and Assessing the Work 55

Chapter 5 Unit Planning Templates 57

Importance of Templates 57

Elements and Options for Inclusion 58

A Variety of Styles 59

Putting It to Work 64

Tools for Library Media Specialists 64

Tools for Administrators 64

Chapter 6 Assessment 65

The Role of Assessment in Collaboration 65

Formative and Summative Assessment 66

Formative Assessment 66

Summative Assessment 68

Choices in Assessment Tools and Collaborative Assessment with Teaching Partners 72

What to Access 72

How to Assess 73

Additional Forms of Assessment 74

Student Reflection 74

Trails (Tool for Read-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) 77

Putting It to Work 79

Tools for Library Media Specialists 79

Tools for Administrators 80

Section 3 Overcoming Roadblocks and Advocacy 81

Chapter 7 Roadblocks to Collaboration 83

Categories of Roadblocks 83

Administrative Support 84

Time/Scheduling 88

School Culture 89

Federal Mandates and Testing 91

Methods to Overcome Roadblocks 92

Administrative Support 92

Time/Scheduling 92

School Culture 93

Federal Mandates and Testing 93

Putting It to Work 94

Tools for Library Media Specialists 94

Tools for Administrators 95

Chapter 8 Advocacy for Collaboration 97

The Library Media Specialist's Role in Advocacy 98

Advocacy with Administrators 98

Building-level 98

Inform 98

Engage 98

Support 99

Enlist 99

Lead 99

District-level 99

Inform 99

Engage 100

Enlist 100

Advocacy with Teachers 100

Inform 102

Engage 101

Support 101

Enlist 103

Lead 102

The Administrative Role in Advocacy 102

Advocacy with Other Administrators 102

Inform 103

Engage 103

Support 103

Enlist 104

Lead 104

Advocacy with Teachers 104

Inform 105

Engage 105

Support 105

Enlist 105

Lead 105

Putting It to Work 106

Tools for Library Media Specialists 106

Tools for Administrators 106

Section 4 New Frontiers 107

Chapter 9 Evidence of Student Achievement 109

Student Achievement Studies 109

Results of the Studies 110

Collaboration-Driven Achievement 111

Data-Driven Collaboration 111

Putting It to Work 116

Tools for Library Media Specialists 116

Tools for Administrators 116

Chapter 10 Integrating New Technologies 117

Web 2.0 117

The Role of Library Media Specialist/Teacher Collaboration 118

The Role of Administrators 119

Cooperation 119

Cooperation Employing a Web 1.0 Web Site Emulating a Web 2.0 Blog 119

Cooperation Employing a Web 2.0 Wiki 120

Coordination 121

Coordination Employing Web 2.0 Wikis 121

Coordination Employing Web 2.0 Podcasting 122

Collaboration 122

Collaboration Employing a Web 2.0 Blog 122

Collaboration with Grant Funding for Web 2.0 and More 123

Overcoming Resistance 124

Putting It to Work 126

Tools for Library Media Specialists 126

Tools for Administrators 128

Resources 129

Index 132

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