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Nurturing Collaborative Culture

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Nurturing a Culture of Collaboration through Effective Leadership
As shifts in education move towards authentic design-based learning tasks that engage students academically and intellectually, it is increasingly difficult for teachers to teach in isolation. The job of a teacher has become increasingly complex (Fullan, 2008; Kohm & Nance, 2009; Pugach, Johnson, Drame & Williamson, 2012; Thousand, Villa, & Nevin, 2006). As a new administrator, it is the author’s responsibility to provide opportunities for optimal teaching and learning for students and staff. Fullan (2008) states an administrator's greatest contribution to student learning, albeit indirectly, is the collaborative cultures they create. Lu, Jiang, Yu & Li (2015) posit administrators should nurture a collaborative environment for teachers above all else. The unrelated efforts of even the most amazing teachers will not be enough to meet the challenge of meeting the needs of all students (Pugach, et al., 2012). Fullan & Quinn emphatically state, “Only the purposely collaborative will survive!” (2016, p. 74).
Collaborative cultures promote professional growth of all staff, evolve over time, and require administration to anticipate possible opportunities to foster a
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The intent is to examine how a school community can collectively work towards common goals and the essential leadership features required for nurturing a collaborative culture. To answer this question, the author used three of the seven Professional Practice Competencies for School Leaders in Alberta (PPCSLA) as a lens to guide the reflection on the benefits and challenges of nurturing professional collaboration (Alberta Education, 2009). The author compares and contrasts the benefits and limitations of collaboration against its theoretical framework that emerged from a review of the
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