We have two dogs.  They love to run and play together, be near each other, and panic if one leaves the house without the other.  For dogs that play so well together, it is amazing what happens when a rawhide is introduced into the relationship.  This is a picture of Em.  She knows if she dares to drop the bone, our other dog Elle will grab it and hide it.


This is Elle.  When she finds a bone that Em may have put down for one moment she grabs it, runs, and tries to hide it where Em will never find it.  One day I walked into the bathroom to find her on top of the clothes hamper assured that Em would never find it there (too bad I caught her).


Sometimes this very same behavior is what we see in schools.  Teachers/administrators have great ideas and they keep it to themselves, not necessarily because they are afraid of someone taking it, but because they have become a silo of excellence working in isolation from others.

Alternatively, there is a danger now as teacher evaluation has evolved impacting pay based on student performance for teachers/administrators to consciously decide to become a silo of excellence insuring their scores are high and hopefully capturing a larger portion of the performance pay when their students do well.

We need to create cultures of collaboration within our schools!  Regardless of how our pay is determined, it is imperative that as educators we continue to work together valuing community and collaboration and how much we have to learn from others.

How do we do that?  Join me for tomorrow’s post where I discuss how we can work to foster that culture of collaboration within our schools, central offices, and now through avenues like Twitter–build professional learning networks beyond our walls and communities.

  1. Jami Beckham says:

    Count me in!

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