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ERIC Number: EJ766919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Combating the Four-Wall Syndrome
Henry, Brian
Principal Leadership, v5 n9 p30-34 May 2005
Reforming traditional practice has proven to be a difficult and controversial task in the field of education. If a change to the school's organizational structure is not implemented in the appropriate manner, it can severely damage the reputation of the leadership team and possibly cost the administrator his or her job. Considering the possible consequences of school reform, principals must collaborate with essential stakeholders to identify a vision for reform and a plan for implementing change. Although this process might sound like common sense, administrators and teachers often forget the value of collaboration in building consensus. For teachers in the classroom, collaboration is a vital facet of their professional lives. However, educators often fall victim to the "four-wall syndrome" that prevents professional sharing and isolates educational practice. In this article, the author defines collaboration, identifies barriers that prevent beneficial collaboration in contemporary schools, and describes the collaborative structure at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Missouri. At Park Hill South, teachers work collaboratively to clarify desired student outcomes in each course, establish student performance goals to monitor progress, and draw from the instructional knowledge of colleagues to enhance student performance. At Park Hill South, the implementation of the professional learning community format has involved the efforts of the entire staff and a commitment to teacher collaboration that is designed to improve learning opportunities for students. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001