Algebra 1: Leadership Groups















Everyone participating in the workshop is invited to take a leadership role during this two-day workshop. There are four leadership groups in each community. Each leadership group is responsible for one aspect of the work we do together. There will be times during the workshop for the leadership groups to work together and each group will present their work at the end of the workshop.

You have four choices of leadership group for Algebra 1 described below. If you feel strongly about participating in one of these leadership groups, put your name in the corresponding table. If you have not signed up by April 22nd, we will randomly assign you to a group.


Agenda Activists


The Agenda Activists are pushing and capturing our learning.

You are taking leadership of the issues and insights, pushing the agenda, and making sure that we capture this learning into a collective resource. These include the outputs, insights, unanswered questions and our shared learning agenda. This resources will be used to help design the content of the online course “Facilitated elearning in a blended classroom” to make sure that it addresses the needs and expectations of the people in this community.

You will have time to prepare and reflect on this together with other members of your leadership group during the workshop and present the results and recommendation at the end of the second day.

You may want to open an online document for sharing notes with other members of your leadership group during the workshop e.g. in Google docs.

Please feel free to use your imagination. You may also like to talk to the agenda activists in the other disciplinary communities to see what they are doing.

Sign up below if you want to join the agenda activist leadership group (click "Edit" above, write your name below, click "Save")

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Sue Cohoon
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Miguel Badillo
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Brenda Willis
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Megan Brown
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Wayne Gilman
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John Arp
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Barb Foster
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Bryon Helt
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Critical Friends

The Critical Friends are paying attention to and capturing the process.

You are taking leadership of the self-design of this community going forward. What is working? What is not? Whose voices are being heard? Whose are not? What has worked well in these two days and how could we do some things better?

You need to take notes during the process of the two days and to talk to other members of your disciplinary community for their insights and reflections. You may want to do this in a systematic way. For example you could put up a noticeboard and invite people to leave their reflections on post-it notes saying what’s working and what could be done differently.

There will be time to prepare and do this together with other members of your leadership group during the workshop. You will present the results and recommendations at the end of the second day.

Please feel free to use your imagination. You may also like to talk to the critical friends in the other disciplinary communities to see what they are doing.

Sign up below if you want to join the critical friends leadership group (click "Edit" above, write your name below, click "Save")

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Patty Lien
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Sarah Danner
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John Walsh
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Michelle Albert
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Jed Alexander
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Kathy Owens
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Christina Gilpin
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Mary Hunt
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Josh Wilkinson
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Jenni Thompson
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Tracy Call

Social Reporters

The Social Reporters are creating a narrative of the workshop.

You are taking leadership of your community's shared memory in this workshop. You will take notes, photographs and videos of what is happening on behalf of the whole community and present these at the end of day 2. There will be times during the workshop when you can work together to do this. The kind of equipment you will need to bring with you is:
  • Notepad and pencil!
  • Computer
  • Digital camera and lead
  • Video camera and lead

You might also want to use twitter or other social media for creating digital traces as we go. Your leadership group may think of a hashtag for twitter. You should also reflect on the public/private aspects of the workshop and share that with the wider community.

Here are some examples of ways that you could present a narrative of the event (with links below).
  • Create a video using stills, music and video clips with Animoto
  • Create a photo collage with Photovisi
  • Create a photostory using Windows Photostory or Apple’s Comic Life
  • Create a blog in Wordpress.com

Useful Links

Animoto: http://animoto.com
Photovisi: http://www.photovisi.com/
Comic Life: http://plasq.com/products/comiclife/mac
Windows Photostory: http://tinyurl.com/4f869
Windows Photostory tutorial here: http://tinyurl.com/9jx4g8
Example of a photo story (made using Comic Life): http://tinyurl.com/6dfc347

Please feel free to use your imagination. You may also like to talk to the social reporters in the other disciplinary communities to see what they are doing.

Sign up below if you want to join the social reporters leadership group (click "Edit" above, write your name below, click "Save")

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Karen Appleton
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Gretchen Eastman
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Michelle Hills
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Jennifer Miller
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Mary K. Overholtzer
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Tom Laures
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Kathleen Block
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Tresa Zaragosa
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Kris Cother
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Brandi Merrick
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Donita Clarahan
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Mike Bevelacqua

External Messengers

The External Messengers are the public face of the community.

You are thinking about how to communicate what your community is doing to other stakeholders, such as teachers or administrators who are not here but are interested in the pilot, as well as funders and sponsors. Your role straddles the boundary between the inside and the outside. You consider what is public and what is private. And you choose what people who are not directly involved need to know to get a good sense of what is happening.

Then you actually create spaces and materials to do this, messages that you send over the net, pages where people can find out what is happening, summaries, and highlights.

Here are some tools and social networking sites that could be part of your strategy:

Twitter: http://twitter.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com
Wordpress.com: http://wordpress.com

Please feel free to use your imagination. You may also like to talk to the external messengers in the other disciplinary communities to see what they are doing. You probably also want to liaise and share things created by the social reporters in your own community.

Sign up below if you want to join the external messengers leadership group (click "Edit" above, write your name below, click "Save")

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Julie Hukee
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Connie Jessen
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Justin Barber
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Janean Hauser
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Holly Palmersheim
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Laura Eklund
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Julia Schreckengast
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Angela Olsen
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Jaralyn Pickar
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Toni Lacey
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Heather Dutrey
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Andy Jacobson