My Space, Your Space, or Our Space?
After recently spending two days at a PD session, I had a discussion about ‘norms’ with a colleague.
Every school has a set of ‘norms’ established to monitor and frame the expected behaviours and attitudes of the group. The National School Reform Faculty has an effective protocol for guiding teams toward developing norms. In the book “Learning by Doing” by Dufour, et al., the value of norms to guide the PLC is clearly articulated.
Which leads to my current curiosity: When school teams come to a Professional Development session, do the norms from the school carry over with them, or do they adopt and adapt to any norms presented by the session facilitators? Does the ‘space’ that they have gathered in away from the school still function as “their space” or does the space belong to the facilitators? If either of these is true, what impact does that have on the conversation and learning that takes place?
Both my colleague and I concluded that the transference of norms from one location to another would likely indicate the strength of those norms and the group working within them. What do others feel? When you gather with other school teams at a district professional development session, do the norms and learning culture of your school follow you?