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School Buddy System: The Practice of Collaboration

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"Collaboration is a buzzword that often gets more lip service than practice. Professor, librarian, award-winning collaborator, and researcher Gail Bush brings the concept to life by outlining tangible steps you can take to inspire collaboration among librarians, teachers, administrators, and all team players involved in K-12 education. The School Buddy System shows you how to dive in headfirst and come out with a truly collaborative learning environment where the goal is student success." "Building on existing educational standards, such as the
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Overview

"Collaboration is a buzzword that often gets more lip service than practice. Professor, librarian, award-winning collaborator, and researcher Gail Bush brings the concept to life by outlining tangible steps you can take to inspire collaboration among librarians, teachers, administrators, and all team players involved in K-12 education. The School Buddy System shows you how to dive in headfirst and come out with a truly collaborative learning environment where the goal is student success." "Building on existing educational standards, such as the International Reading Association's Standards for Reading Professionals and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards, this innovative book is packed with proven tools." If you're involved in K-12 education, whether as librarian, school media specialist, teacher, administrator, or policymaker, The School Buddy System will give you a framework of outcomes-driven strategies that will help you to build relationships and "open the classroom door."
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Bush states, "It is my hope that this addition to the body of knowledge will make the conversation about collaboration in the schools a little deeper, a little more commonplace, and a little more inclusive." Certainly anyone who uses this book will find it a wonderful tool to improve and revitalize teaching and learning. In her scholarly treatment, Bush skillfully traces the history of collaboration through the educational literature, identifies the climate that makes for successful collaboration in the school setting, and provides forty conversation prompts that can be used to get teachers in a collaborative mode. This book works for several reasons. First, the author understands teaching. She identifies it as basically a solitary endeavor. Cooperation often only occurs when teachers wish to infuse a new element (such as technology) into their instructional plans or when collaboration is forced on them as part of departmental or faculty meetings. Bush's research is also exemplary. In tracing the importance of teamwork, she highlights quotes from well-regarded professional journals that speak to the importance of collaboration. In addition, the conversation prompts provide a framework for beginning group efforts and seek to encourage teachers to continue to meet with colleagues to plan for student success. Although the first few chapters read like a doctoral dissertation, the book encourages readers to think about and explore the importance of collaboration. Useful for school improvement and emulation of best practices in education, this book deserves a place in every administrator's library. Index. Biblio. 2003, ALA Editions, 114p,
— Chris Carlson
School Library Journal
In her introduction, Bush rightly points out that she is not providing a guide to collaboration, but rather filling a void in professional literature by encouraging us to develop a common language with which to begin discussing it and an understanding of how we may become ready for such activity. The first segment is a wide-ranging survey of existing professional literature, which Bush explains is her way of collaborating with cited scholars. Then the collaborative mind-set is explored with attention given to metacognition, mindfulness, critical thinking, creative thinking, habits of mind, and social justice. Forty nonsequential conversational prompts follow, allowing for randomness of use. Bush encourages her colleagues to agree, disagree, journal, brainstorm, dredge up personal experience to converse with other librarians, teachers, administrators, and "all team players involved in K-12 education." With headings like "The Patient Died" and "-Lookin' for Love in All the Wrong Places," even jaded scholars might give these prompts a look. This volume may provide the necessary scholarly arguments for those of us looking to change policy or gain support or funding for such activities from erudite boards or supervisors. University instructors would find the prompts extremely helpful for class discussions. However, overworked, practical-minded school librarians will not find in this offering a quick, easy, or concrete solution for improving collaboration.-Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838908396
  • Publisher: American Library Association
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Ready
1 Educator Collaboration Today 1
2 Collaboration in Context 9
3 The Teaching Profession 18
4 Teaching and Learning 37
5 The Professional Community 47
Pt. II Set
6 A Collaborative Mind-Set 57
7 Educator Collaboration: A Framework and Reflections 71
Pt. III Dive
8 The School Buddy System 85
9 Conversation Prompts 95
Bibliography 129
Index 141
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