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May - June 2017

School District of Whitefish Bay News

 
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Welcome to the May-June Newsletter

 

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My name is John Thomsen and it is a pleasure to serve as the District Administrator for the School District of Whitefish Bay. 
 
In this e-newsletter we will be updating you on the Thriving Disposition of Collaboration; a "did you know?"  fact; and highlights from our top Facebook posts in May.

On behalf of our students and staff thank you for a great 16-17 school year and your tremendous support.  Have a great summer and we look forward to the 17-18 school year!

 

Thank You,
Dr. John W. Thomsen
District Administrator

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The Seven Thriving Dispositions

Our last Thriving Disposition is Collaboration.  Collaboration is the skillfulness of individuals working with networks of people across boundaries and from different cultures.  Collaboration has become an essential prerequisite for a growing number of multinational corporations (Wagner).
 
Collaboration 2Collaborating with others means being able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams;
  • Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal;
  • Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member (Wagner).

Our teachers work diligently with our students so they build strong individual and transferable skills AND  are able to work effectively in partnerships and in teams.  The 21st century work environment requires individual team members to possess strong skills, be deep critical thinkers, be creative as well as be effective in diverse problem-solving teams.  Note - it is difficult to measure teamwork efffectiveness on a paper and pencil test.  

Work Space - Now more than ever work spaces are arranged so that collaboration and teamwork are enhanced.   There are times that the individual office or cubicle is still required, but ever increasing are the open concept/creative spaces that lead to team-based problem-solving and collaboration.  

logan ncwit 3A few thoughts on Collaboration Enhancers:

  • Intelligence mattters -  so does emotional intelligence and the ability to "get along";
  • Seek to understand - it is okay to listen first and talk second - silence is alright as well;
  • Ask questions before providing opinion-based quick answers;
  • Remain in a flexible spot - judge not until you think you have the complete picture - often the complete picture is not revealed for some time;  
  • Don't rush the process - our toughest problems and challenges take time (and non-solutions) to resolve;
  • It is still about nurturing positive, healthy, and appropriate relationships with all team members.
What are some other collaboration enhancers?

What is Virtual Collaboration?  When people who are geographically separated but are working interdependently on shared outcomes rely on technology-mediated communication, rather than Face-to-Face communication to work on their project (Wainfan & Davis). 
 

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The days of operating in silos are gone.  This smallness and interconnectedness of our 21st century world requires the thriving disposition of Collaboration.  Collaboration is a focus of The Whitefish Bay School District.  

***Remember - The Seven Thriving Dispositions  are qualities and ways of being that our students will need to possess if they are going to be successful in the 21st century.

Resources/Excerpts from:
http://www.p21.org/our-work/p21-framework
Wainfan, L. , Davis, P., Challenges in Virtual Collaboration: Videoconferencing, Audioconferencing, and Computer-Mediated Communications, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA (2004).
Wagner, T., The Global Achievement Gap, Basic Books, New York, NY. (2008).


 
Did you know?
ORec seniors croppedver the course of a year, our Recreation and Community Education Department offers more than a 1,000 sections of programming for Whitefish Bay residents aging from birth to seniors with over 11,000 residents participating.
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Summer is our busiest time of year. Over 60% percent of our total participation for the year takes place during the summer months.  Nearly 3,000 Whitefish Bay youth participate in our 8-Week Summer Day Camps located at Richards and Cumberland Elementary Schools.

Stay Active!!!!!

What do you think?

This e-newsletter is one of several ways the district works toward comprehensive  communications with the community. 

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