Reflect

Read through each section to learn more about the ‘Reflect’ phase and be sure to check out the resources linked below in the Getting Started section.

Evaluate Outcomes, Process, & Content

Because the success of your team will not only be contingent upon the issue(s) you help to resolve, but the way you achieve those resolutions, it will be important to spend some time reflecting on what you accomplish through the collaborative processes and how.

In the Reflect phase, it’s important to look back and see if you and your team were able to accomplish what you set out to do, and if your collaborative process allowed for open communication, equitable member voice and psychological safety.

This phase is a time for your team to think about how you were able to monitor the work and adjust accordingly as needed, and to communicate those needs and insights within the team and to external stakeholders.

Sustain and Expand the Effort to Collaborate!

The answers to the questions above should be documented and incorporated into subsequent iterations of collaborative efforts so that your learnings can be instrumental not only in sustaining your own efforts but also in helping to spread the practices across the country.

By working with your partners, you will have built a strong education partnership that can serve as a vehicle for all stakeholders to share in the authority and responsibility for co-creating the successful public schools our students deserve.

Key Components of Strong Education Partnerships

  1. An agreement among district and education association leadership to work together with local stakeholders on plans to improve schools, and a pledge not to let each other fail
  2. A commitment to “start somewhere”: identify shared student-centered goals, and then work collaboratively and share decision-making in the improvement processes to achieve them
  3. The creation of a rich web of communication and collaboration structures between stakeholders at all levels of the local school system (e.g., regular meetings between district department leaders and educators appointed through their association/union; school-level leadership teams and professional learning communities)
  4. Ongoing support in collaborative processes, relationship-building, and subject matter expertise.
  5. Connection to other education partnerships working on similar projects, or in a similar context, for sharing and mentorship

Getting Started

How will you evaluate the projects undertaken by the collaborative teams and working committees, and decide upon next steps. Keep an eye toward spreading successes across worksites, expanding the opportunities for stakeholder collaboration throughout your system, and sustaining the trust you’ve built through your partnership.

Questions to consider:

  • What existing ways to measure progress does your district or school have and how might you use them to measure the impact or progress of your projects?
  • How will you determine how well you kept to your guiding principles with each other? What would you do to help strengthen relationships?
  • How will you work with the lessons your collaborative teams and committees learned? What might you do differently on the next initiative based on those lessons? How will those lessons be shared and spread across your system? To help, explore the lessons shared from other schools and districts engaged in setting up collaborative systems: Corona Norco, CA & Rockford, IL.