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Transforming Schools through Collaborative Practice

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Appropriate for all educators

Course description:

This course is designed for teachers and administrators interested in developing the skills necessary for effective collaboration. Participants will look deeply at student and teacher work to improve teaching practice and student learning. All participants will be required to present authentic work for feedback during two protocol sessions and to facilitate at least two protocol sessions. Participants will actively contribute to group discussions on texts, each other’s work, and student work. Participants will also reflect on the skills need to effectively participate in, present during, and facilitate a protocol session.

This course will focus on teaching educators to work collaboratively. An overarching theme for collaborative practices is reflection and participants will improve their practice, both as educators and as collaborators, through reflection. Participants will practice and deepen their skills as participants, presenters and facilitators in protocol sessions. Readings, direct instruction, and group activities will support them as they explore collaborative inquiry. They will demonstrate new learning by providing reflections on the proficiencies necessary for participating, presenting, and facilitating in protocol sessions.


Jean Berthiaume is the principal of Fayston Elementary School and works as a Senior Associate for the Rowland Foundation. Jean received a Rowland Fellowship in 2009 and is a leader for student voice and democracy in Vermont schools. He is an experienced facilitator and has received training through the School Reform Initiative.

Jeanie Phillips is a school librarian in Chester, Vermont, a facilitator of Collaborative Practices and Facilitative Leadership seminars and an affiliate of the School Reform Initiative. She believes in the power of collaboration to foster deep learning. A 2014 Rowland Fellow, Jeanie is passionate about increasing student engagement and personalizing learning in her library learning commons and in her school. She also teaches instructional design for library media centers in the University of Vermont School Library Media Studies program.