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Thursday, July 7 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Supporting Powerful Collaboration using the Collaboration Self-Assessment Tool

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The benefits of collaboration for improving teaching and learning have long been promoted as schools and districts across the country have implemented professional learning communities as a strategy to ensure high levels of student success. The many benefits of effective collaboration include, but are not limited to, improved teacher collective efficacy, less isolation, increased professional satisfaction, increased confidence, increased student achievement, increased positive attitudes, higher levels of trust, increased creativity, increased retention. Now more than ever we must support educators to realize the promise of effective, powerful collaboration. In this interactive session participants will learn about the Collaboration Self-Assessment (CSA). This research-based tool examines the qualities of effective and powerful collaboration related to the following dimensions:

* Capacity Building
* Empowerment
* Intentional
* Improvement-Focused
* Inquiry-Based
* Collective Responsibility

Within each collaboration dimension are indicators one would see in practice.

In this session participants will learn about how school teams use the results from the CSA to assess the qualities of their collaborative culture and to identify strengths, as well as areas for continued growth and improvement. Participants will have the chance to explore the tool and the ways in which results are shared back with school teams in an online data dashboard that highlights the aggregated results from all participants. Participants will have the chance to identify how this tool could be used in their own settings to explore areas of collaboration to cultivate and identify action steps.


Andrea Rorrer

Director, Utah Education Policy Center
Andrea Rorrer is Director of the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education, and a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Andrea received her M.S. at the University of Virginia... Read More →
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Janice Bradley

Assistant Director, Professional Learning, Utah Education Policy Center
Janice Bradley, Ph.D., is an assistant director with the UEPC who partners with education entities to support their school improvement efforts and leadership capacity building resulting in excellence and equitable school systems. Janice believes that leadership, educator capacity... Read More →

Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
CC Charles Hunter - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Charles Hunter Room (100 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah