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Faculty member publishes book on collaborative leadership in the classroom

March 26, 2013
Mickey Kolis
Dr. Mickey Kolis

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Mickey Kolis, associate professor of education studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has recently published a new book intended to serve as a guide for teachers to reflect on how they "do learning" in the classroom.

In "Rethinking Teaching: Classroom Teachers as Collaborative Leaders in Making Learning Relevant," published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Kolis provides real-life classroom examples demonstrating how the drive for learning can be directed into students' own hands while still meeting established learning benchmarks.

"Educators teach content but are also responsible for developing relationships between and among students," Kolis said. "They are responsible for teaching kids to work collaboratively and to interact effectively with others. Learning involves failure and risk, which becomes even more difficult in a non-collaborative classroom. It's important for teachers to build a classroom atmosphere where students feel supported by their peers."

Kolis' areas of expertise include science education, backward design and essential questions, assessment data and curriculum feedback loop, collaborative leadership, and team-teaching and student cohorts.

For more information on "Rethinking Teaching: Classroom Teachers as Collaborative Leaders in Making Learning Relevant," contact Dr. Mickey Kolis at kolismw@uwec.edu or 715-836-4960.

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