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Collaborative Professionalism

When Teaching Together Means Learning for All

By: Andrew Hargreaves, Michael T. O'Connor

This book lays out the theory & practice of Collaborative Professionalism so that you can apply it benefit your classroom. Includes tenets, case studies, and more.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506328157
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Impact Leadership Series
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 176
  • Publication date: June 01, 2018

Price: $23.95

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Ensure Conversations About Collaboration Get Results.   

Ask any educational professional about collaboration and chances are they’ll tell you it’s one of their core values. But this familiar sentiment doesn’t always translate into meaningful professional experiences that help educators or their students grow. 

Addressing this critical gap head-on, this book lays out the theory and practice of Collaborative Professionalism. Through five international case studies, the authors distinguish Collaborative Professionalism from professional collaboration by highlighting intentional collaborative designs and providing concrete examples for how to be more purposeful with collaboration.  

Additionally, the book makes Collaborative Professionalism accessible to all educators through clear take-aways including:

  • Ten core tenets, including Collective Efficacy, Collaborative Inquiry, and Collaborating With Students.
  • Graphics indicating how educators can move from mere professional collaboration to the deep and transformative work of Collaborative Professionalism.
  • Analysis of which collaborative practices educators should start doing, keep doing, and stop doing 

Collaboration can be one of your most powerful educational tools when used correctly, and turned into action. This book shows you how.



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Andrew Hargreaves

Andy Hargreaves is the Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He is President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement, Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Professional Capital and Community, and Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario and the First Minister of Scotland. 

Andy has consulted with the OECD, the World Bank, governments, universities and teacher unions worldwide. Andy’s more than 30 books have attracted multiple Outstanding Writing Awards – including the prestigious 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Education for Professional Capital (with Michael Fullan)

He has been honored with the 2016 Horace Mann Award in the US and the Robert Owen Award in Scotland for services to public education. Andy has been ranked by Education Week in the top 10 scholars with most influence on US education policy debate. In 2015, Boston College gave him its Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Michael T. O'Connor

Michael T. O’Connor is the director of the Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT) program at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. In this role, Michael teaches Master’s level courses, provides supervision and instructional coaching to the program’s teachers, and offers support to the program’s partner Catholic schools in the New England region. A former middle school English Language Arts (ELA) teacher and instructional coach, Michael received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in literacy from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. While working on his doctorate, he worked with Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley on the Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) network project, which included supporting the work of the ELA group. His dissertation explored secondary students’ language choices in authentic, community-based writing activities and the ways in which teachers collaborated to support student writing across rural contexts.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations and Acronyms



About the Authors

Part I: Developing and Designing Collaborative Professionalism

1. The Case for Collaborative Professionalism

     From Professional Collaboration to Collaborative Professionalism

     Designing Collaborative Professionalism

     The Culture and Context of Collaborative Professionalism

     Moving Toward Collaborative Professionalism

     Making It Happen

2. Moving Toward Collaborative Professionalism

     Developing Collaborative Professionalism

     Designing Collaboration

3. Open Class and Lesson Study

     Open Class Teaching

     Open Class Feedback

     Open Class Planning

     Lesson Study

     The Four Bs of Collaborative Professionalism


4. Collaborative Curriculum Planning Networks

     Collaboration in Rural Environments

     Job-Alike Collaboration

     Focus on Engagement

     The ELA Job-Alike Group

     Network Design

     Network Principles

     Network Technology


5. Cooperative Learning and Working

     Consistency of Cooperation

     Context of Cooperation


6. Collaborative Pedagogical Transformation

     Vision of Escuela Nueva

     Learning in Escuela Nueva

     Teachers in Escuela Nueva




7. Professional Learning Communities

     The First Generation

     The Second Generation

     From Second to Third Generation

     The Provincial System

     Collaborative Inquiry in Ontario


Part II: Deepening Collaborative Professionalism

8. Ten Tenets of Collaborative Professionalism

     Collective Autonomy

     Collective Efficacy

     Collaborative Inquiry

     Collective Responsibility

     Collective Initiative

     Mutual Dialogue

     Joint Work

     Common Meaning and Purpose

     Collaborating With Students

     Big Picture Thinking for All


9. The Four Bs of Collaborative Professionalism






     Moving From Professional Collaboration to Collaborative Professionalism

Part III: Doing Collaborative Professionalism

10. Doing Collaborative Professionalism

     What Should We Stop Doing?

     What Should We Continue Doing?

     What Should We Start Doing?

     Last Words