Great learning always happens when my colleagues gather together. On Wednesday October 12th, we came together to discuss how the school self-assessment inquiry process and analyzing data leads us to identifying the School Effectiveness Framework (SEF) indicator based on student strengths and needs.
Our next step was to making the connection that this then leads our school teams through collaborative inquiry to utilize other data sources and combine this information with the SEF indicator to inform the Teaching Learning Critical Pathway (TLCP) process.
Then we posed this question to our 15 tables of approximately 120 principals, vice-principals and superintendents:
When you are sitting as a co-learner in the Inquiry Process (TLCP), what are the questions you can ask?
Why ask this question? We ask this question to tap the expertise in the room and share with each other good thinking that can help and guide us back in our schools working together as a co-learner with our staff.
How did we capture all the good thinking and questions? Each of the 15 table facilitator contributed the questions generated in the HWDSB Connected P/VP Group in the Commons.
Here’s a screenshot of the question posted:
Please note: This is a private group for HWDSB P/VPs to network, share and learn together. I offer the screenshot as a sample. Actual contributions are not available for viewing publicly.
The HWDSB Commons is our collaborative learning space for all students and staff. Using the HWDSB Commons as a real-time collaboration tool allowed us to aggregate all the questions from all the tables and facilitated the sharing of questions between tables during the discussion. Think about it – real-time, ongoing collaboration that will continue beyond the face-to-face. All P/VPs members of the group can log in anytime and refer to the thinking their colleagues and also continue to contribute questions, ideas and discussion. Let’s sustain the learning in our virtual learning space!
In closing, my reflection is meant to focus on collaboration and how collective wisdom is powerful. Being together face-to-face is very valued however, it is important in today’s world to take steps to collaborate virtually together. This was one of those steps. The HWDSB Commons is an online learning platform / tool that supports collaboration and networking where we reflect, share and learn from each other because we know the expertise is in the room – whether it be physical or virtual. Beginning to use the HWDSB Commons is creating our virtual learning space and that’s a good thing. Thanks to all my colleagues who took the risk, offered feedback and who are reaching out to continue our learning in this way.