Doug Fuchs: The Role of Collaboration in School Success



Collaboration is essential to the success of RTI. But we must ask, what kind of collaboration? Doug Fuchs, Ph.D. (Professor and Nicholas Hobbs Chair in Special Education and Human Development, co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University) discusses the role of collaboration in schools in comparison to collaboration in corporate environments as outlined in the Teamwork and Collaboration video featuring John Chambers, CEO of Cisco. Dr. Fuchs also explores the importance of specialization. He asserts that achieving the mission of today’s schools will require collaboration among experts in instruction, assessment, and behavior support.  

Key Ideas from Teamwork and Collaboration video:

John Chambers explains how abandoning command-and-control leadership has enabled the company to innovate more quickly, using collaboration and teamwork. He describes:

  • moving from command-and-control to collaboration and teamwork
  • making this happen through process, a common vocabulary, and resource allocation
  • allowing groups or teams to think together in order to drive change
  • needing up to 6 years for this to be incorporated “into the DNA” of Cisco

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