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Collaboration: An Essential Skill for the 21st Century (Part 2)

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by Nina Morel For years, a lot has been written in business and education literature about the need to collaborate. Just one search on Google will bring up more than 90 million references to collaboration. Why then, is true collaboration so elusive in classrooms, teacher workrooms, and corporate boardrooms? I believe this is because true collaboration is difficult, and often does not come without intention and hard work. In order to collaborate successfully, teams need...

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Collaboration: An Essential Skill for the 21st Century

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by Nina Morel A number of years ago, I met Kum Fong, a teacher who was visiting from Singapore to study and share her research on teacher collaboration.  At the time, I was working to develop collaborative professional learning practices in the school district where I worked, and I asked her to comment on her impressions of American teachers and collaborative practices.  Without hesitation, she answered: “Teachers are so lonely here.” This comment resonated with...

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Global Citizenship: Essential Skills for the 21st Century

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As a child piled up in the backseat of a car while my parents drove us from Tennessee to Texas and back, the smell of fresh coffee from the front seat always signaled a new trip, a new adventure, and new experiences. Always ready to go, I’m now the one with the coffee in hand as I start a trip, regardless of its length! I’ve realized that part of my love of coffee is how...

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Do you need to be less of a leader?

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Do you need to be less of a leader? For several years as a school principal I had the crazy idea that I was supposed to be the smartest guy in the school and be able to tell everyone what to do.  I was supposed to have a solution for all problems, never make a mistake, and all the while maintain a culture of perfect harmony! It didn't take long to realize that there was...

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The Power of Listening: Communication Skills for the 21st Century

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Recognizing the need for and developing our skill for effective communication as educators is essential for our success as both individuals and educators. The abilities we possess can either enhance our ability to work with others in both our private and public lives or serve as a roadblock to our achievement of goals.  Communication is the truly the “lifeblood” of relationships and organizations. Think of the many facets of communication that each of us experience...

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