Big Ideas

Collaboration is the “new competition.”

Deciding to function more effectively as a team requires more than good intentions.

Driving Question

How might we understand our teammates better in order to be more effective collaborators?

How might we design our norms and professional practices to facilitate more effective teamwork and better learning opportunities for students?


Learn one another’s DISC profiles and collaborate to define norms.


Norms for collaboration & ideas generated for enhancing collaborative opportunities. Staff DISC profiles.


8:30 Introductions and Agenda

  • Learning Design Team
  • Our goals for the day

8:40 Take the Test

8:55 What it all means

  • Decider
  • Influencer
  • Supporter
  • Contemplator

9:20 Exemplary Collaboration: What and Why?

9:40  Four Leversfor Effective Collaboration 

  • Team
  • Time
  • Focus
  • Process

9:50 Design Charettes

  • Who might we want to have as collaborators?
    Where is there overlap/synergy in students, content, personality, interests, social connection, instructional goals?
  • What might we collaborate on?
    What could/would I (we) like to observe, get feedback on, codesign (small, medium, large), codeliver?
  • How might some of your collaborative goals be facilitated?
    What ways could time & space be organized to better facilitate collaborative opportunities?
  • What “rules of engagement” or norms should be considered that would enable our teams to be effective?
    What needs to be stated in order to effectively define focus, reach decisions, ease tensions?

10:45 Proposal Writing

  • What is your next action(s)?
  • Who needs to be consulted?
  • What do they need in order to feel “activated?”
  • What’s your “pitch?”