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Creating a positive collaborative culture within your department

  • 1.  Creating a positive collaborative culture within your department

    Posted 19 days ago
    Hey folks, I'm looking for some feedback and brainstorming about how to create the above. I thought I did this well my first couple of years, but my department has grown over the next two more and it's gotten away from me. More students more problems, right!? Anyway, I'm curious at how you promote or create an environment that is supportive, collaborative, and makes the students want to be there? Any thoughts on the subject are appreciated. Thanks in advance. 


  • 2.  RE: Creating a positive collaborative culture within your department

    Posted 14 days ago
    I'm not sure if you need help with your staff or your students, but I think you could adapt our experience below for either:

    Here at EdTA, we sat down as a staff and created our own Core Values to help us become a better team, you can see them here:
    https://www.schooltheatre.org/about/mission/corevalues

    We also used StrengthsFinder to learn more about each other (and ourselves!) and set aside time to learn how to effectively and kindly communicate and give feedback. We regularly check in on progress and make sure to express appreciation and support for individuals and the work they are doing.

    These efforts have made us a strong staff and created a really positive, fun work environment. It takes some time, hard work and lots of practice, but it's been worth it :) Just let me know if you have any questions about our experience!


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    Ginny Butsch
    Community Manager
    Educational Theatre Association
    Alexandria KY
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  • 3.  RE: Creating a positive collaborative culture within your department

    Posted 13 days ago
    I think the EdTA core values are great.  I also spend a lot of time talking with my students in both small group and large group situations to get there input.  Being up front and giving them a say generally empowers the leaders and then it trickles down for the most part.  If I find out about issues, I speak with the students as a whole to address the issue and invite their input on what we can do to grow and improve.  Ultimately, I stress the idea of "company mindset."  Even though we are students and teachers, we are a company and companies work together for the good of the whole.  I create a basic set of "company mindset code" and we discuss that as a group and how every can hold each other accountable.

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    Joel King
    Atlanta GA
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