This series of blogs will summarize and highlight important portions of our recent white paper, The New York City DOE/CUNY Library Collaborative: Bridging the Gap Between High School and College, which you can view here.
The whitepaper presents the progression and processes of the New York Collaborative Curriculum Revision Project (CCRP), a collaborative of high school teachers, college faculty, and librarians formed to build upon the new Common Core State Standards and better prepare students for post-secondary success. The posts will include sections quoted from the white paper as well as our own editorial.
Part 9: Debriefing and Post-Session Goal Setting
Before we move on further, lets address a couple tasks which may not be glamorous but are essential. As with all group work, the logistics of being able to work together and to physically be in the same space working can be a complex issue. The Collaborative experienced this too, despite being located in the same city. Lives, work, traffic being what they are, physical distance makes getting together challenging, even when that is the goal for everyone involved.
For the Collaborative, it was essential to stay connected and to regroup after each meeting. Like most modern business, the Collaborative relied heavily on conference calls. The flexibility of meeting at otherwise unavailable times, allowing for members to jump on or off as time and interest deigned, and most importantly providing an opportunity to address an issue immediately proved invaluable to the group.
…these calls allowed the Collaborative to make seemingly small but pivotal decisions…
The idea that every decision had to be made by each member, in person every time, would have had a paralyzing affect on the outcomes of the Collaborative. Keep this flexibility in mind with future work of this nature.
Michelle is an “anytime!” traveler and language enthusiast. She has degrees in talking from Central Michigan and Michigan State University. She is currently becoming a runner and used to play golf in high school.