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Collaboration is Tricky

There is no question…. it is easier to go it alone than to try collaborating. Things get out of control. Things go wrong. 

But schools need to collaborate outside the school to give students the best knowledge, skills and networks to survive in the 21st century.

Trail blazers and changemakers now have a toolkit that will help them to create a collaborative education ecosystem. 

Collaboration Toolkit

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), together with the Department of Education and Training and the Innovation Unit, has just launched School-Industry Partnerships: A toolkit to support collaboration for career education.

The Toolkit is BRILLIANT. 

The toolkit comes in three parts, one each for :

  • Educators;
  • Industry; and
  • Parents and Families

It embeds collaboration theory into practical templates, to do lists and checklists. It isn’t quite “follow the bouncing ball” but if you follow the instructions and don’t skip steps or take shortcuts, you will be guided to success.

It has the order of collaboration preparation just right and it respects all parties to a collaborative agreement.

If you thought the FYA New Work Order series was brilliant, step inside this new environment to find something just as good.

The link to these toolkits is here.

Collaboration Requires New Educator Skills

Collaborative education takes you out of the centre of the picture. You become the facilitator of the negotiated educational experience that has agreement from the school, industry partner, student and family.

Managing a collaborative educational environment requires business management skills.

You need to learn how to:

  • Create project plans,
  • Talk with industry partners and negotiate agreements,
  • Manage resources including budgets, and
  • Ensure things don’t go wrong as you head towards learning outcomes.

It is a different way of educating. It requires different skills. There will be support.

To find out more go here: 

https://www.fya.org.au/programs/career-education/

 

 

 

Author: Bev Johnson

A fantastic careers teacher may have changed my life. I've spent my career going from job to job. After washing cars and working in bars I went into marketing. I then became an English teacher. Teaching has been the foundation for a lot of my career. I went into TAFE where I designed participation programs, then into HR, then developed training programs for industry.  I taught e-commerce and developed systems to make it easier for organisations to work together. I kept going for scholarships and going back to uni along the way. At one time I became a world expert on collaboration frameworks, and discovered it was tricky having a conversation about THAT with anyone I knew!! I now focus on delivering information that helps careers teachers to be fantastic. You can tap into my expertise by subscribing to my newsletter. Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or M: 0434056412

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