ERIC Number: ED434424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
Hey, We See It Differently! Lessons on Team Dynamics.
Walz, Lynn; Vandercook, Terri; Medwetz, Laura; Nelson, Marilyn; Thurlow, Martha
This monograph summarizes lessons learned from the 5 years that the Together We're Better (TWB) program worked to create inclusive learning environments in four Minnesota school districts. Each of the partner districts established a collaborative core planning team to provide leadership and management of efforts toward school change and inclusive school community development. These teams consistently reported five "lessons." These lessons are each explained with specific suggestions for implementation. The lessons are: (1) some of the best "learning" occurred during times of relaxation; (2) the tone of the team can change dramatically with the entrance or exit of a single person; (3) the size of the core planning team is important; (4) overtly seeking other perspectives and questioning assumptions are keys to success; and (5) attention to effective team practices is essential. (DB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Cooperative Programs, Disabilities, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, School Districts, Self Evaluation (Groups), Teamwork
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota