The best part of this collaboration wasn't the well written document she crafted that I helped revise. It wasn't the Haiku Deck I designed for her to match the document. It was the "can you help me" question which proved to be the linchpin. There are two key points here - communication and collaboration. At the end of her interview with principals we texted back and forth. As a result of our conversation, I shared this on Twitter:
Communication and collaboration are the soul of effective progress. One individual can work very hard to build an entire empire but when that person leaves who is there with the same dedication, drive, and initiative to drive the work forward? Perhaps there is a successor but the successor reaps the benefits of hard work not performed to get the organization to its lofty success. Instead, the successor simply knows the organization is successful. However, when people collaborate and communicate there is a communal vision, communal goals, and communal accountability. More individuals help make a richer and deeper end product. This is what happened with Colleen and I - rich collaboration.
One thing I appreciated about our process is that we respected one another to share constructive criticism without getting offended. The focus was on making the best possible product for her to take to the principals so we laid aside ego and got the work done.
It is refreshing to work with a dedicated individual who is passionate about learning, students, and pedagogy.
Communication and collaboration are fundamental to success in any arena. If it is open and honest, great things happen. Education needs more of this to do great things for kids.