In this project, I explored how school leaders can support and promote collaborative processes in teacher teams. The completed project provides a comprehensive literature review on various aspects of collaboration in teacher teams and leadership process and structure behind them. This study did not create new knowledge through academic research, but rather took existing research to synthesis into a manageable Professional Development template to be used in the future to inform and support the learning of practicing professionals in the field of K-12 education. I am a practicing secondary school teacher who has witnessed the benefits of collaboration first hand. My experiences in education have led to my desire to explore various issues surrounding collaboration on the K-12 education context through this project.
The intent of this research project is to inform educators about implementing Project Based Learning (PBL) at the secondary school level. The information provided in this report includes the literature and resources one can use to implement PBL and create rigorous projects for students. The Teacher Reflective Planner included in this report is based on my experience of visiting schools that are presently implementing PBL and the resources I located while embedding PBL into my grade 10 Science course. My professional and personal reflections summarize teacher challenges and suggest foundational supports that must be in place before implementing PBL under the following categories: collaborative culture, research and professional development, resource sourcing, planning and implementation, and assessment. Ultimately, teachers utilizing this resource will come to understand the necessity for shared learning, teamwork and key supports to sustain motivation and reap the benefits of PBL: students with an increased capacity for collaboration and critical thinking. --Leaf ii.