Questions for Career Changers Only

  1. In the settings in which you have worked or are currently working, what have been your experiences of teaming or participating in other forms of collaboration with co-workers? How do those experiences match up with the kind of teaming described in this module? How do they differ?
  2. In the settings in which you have worked or are currently working, what have been your experiences with data-based decision-making? How do those experiences match up with the kind of data-based decision-making described in this module? How do they differ?
  3. In the settings in which you have worked or are currently working what are the attitudes and beliefs that, on the one hand, promote and, on the other hand, discourage practices of inclusiveness (e.g., equitable treatment of diverse employees, affirmative action)?
  4. How are the inclusiveness norms of a workplace likely to influence its organizational culture in general? In what ways are these norms likely to influence the functioning of teams? 

Questions for Practicing Teachers Only

  1. In your teaching positions thus far, how much teacher collaboration has taken place? Which types of collaboration are most prevalent? Which types have seemed most productive and which have seemed least productive?
  2. Based on your experience, what actions should a principal take in order to foster the effective functioning of the school’s TBTs?
  3. In your current school (or a previous one, if you’d prefer) what are (or were) the prevailing norms associated with collaboration? Did the school culture encourage collaboration? In what ways? Did it discourage collaboration? In what ways?
  4. In your current school (or a previous one) what are (or were) the prevailing norms associated with inclusion? What beliefs were most commonly expressed about inclusion? What practices were most commonly used?
  5. What steps might be taken in your current school to establish or expand positive attitudes toward, beliefs about, and practices associated with inclusion?

Questions for Career Changers and Practicing Teachers

  1. What new teaming skills would you like to learn in preparation for working with other educators on teacher-based teams?
  2. What new data analysis skills would you like to learn in preparation for working on teacher-based teams?
  3. Review the information presented in Table 3. With what roles on a team are you most comfortable? 
  4. Review the information presented in Table 3. With what roles on a team are you least comfortable?
  5. If a teacher recommends a particular instructional strategy to the team, what evidence of its efficacy would you expect him or her to present?
  6. In an inclusive school within a unified district, the teacher teams monitor the progress of all students, including those with low incidence disabilities. What kinds of information would help a teacher team appraise the academic progress of students with low-incidence disabilities?

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