Introduction to Targeted Collaboration for Impact
This course provides background information to The Ability Challenge and our flagship course, Targeted Collaboration for Impact.
Module 1: Cultivating a Culture of Collaboration
Upon completing this module, educators will be able to initiate and build a strong foundation and planning for systematic collaboration by engaging in interactions with a common purpose, both formally and informally.
Module 2: Understanding Student Potential
Upon completing this module, educators will be able to seek and apply multiple perspectives to deepen understanding of student needs and abilities.
Module 3: Building Professional Partnerships
Upon completing this module, educators will be able to partner with professionals to adapt and tailor their practice by integrating principles of differentiation into instructional planning efforts.
Module 4: Communicating for Consistency
Upon completing this module, educators will be able to distribute/coordinate and communicate timely and relevant information to ensure consistency and carryover between supporters of the student.
Module 5: Building Family Partnerships
Upon completing this module, educators will be able to engage and inspire families as productive participants to co-facilitate progress for students with disabilities.
Caroline Bilal is an Educational Psychologist who has spent most of her professional career designing and managing educational products for educators in predominantly low-income, under-resourced urban school districts. Caroline has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector and is passionate about utilizing the principles of Design Thinking as well as research methodology best practices in helping non-profit and community-based organizations define and achieve their mission. As a mother of a developmentally disabled 7-year old, Caroline understands the necessity for a shift in our nation's ability to support differently-abled children both inside and outside of the educational context and thus feels the urgency to contribute to this important work through her skillset. Caroline received her B.A. in International Relations from Beloit College in Wisconsin and an M.A. in Educational Psychology and Research from New York University. She lives with her husband and their four rambunctious children in Chappaqua, New York.
Tanya is a strategic impact expert, stewarding organizations through a process of moving from vision into action. She formerly served in a full-time role as Vice President of Program Design leading Turnaround for Children’s program design team to develop tools to implement the organization’s theory of change. She joined Turnaround in 2013 as Senior Director of Program Design and in 2014 was promoted to Vice President, School Content Design and Staff Development. Tanya has experience working with notable visionaries throughout her career. She served as an Education Consultant for Authentic Education under the leadership of Grant Wiggins, co-author of Understanding by Design. In that capacity, she developed an adult curriculum and delivered an innovative professional development workshop series with a powerful focus on backward mapping for clear and measurable results. Tanya began her career as a math teacher in the Compton (CA) Unified School District. Her experience also includes 11 years working as a math teacher, instructional leader and staff developer in some of the highest-performing charter school networks, including North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey (part of the Uncommon Schools network) and Explore Schools in New York City. Tanya earned an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in organization and leadership, and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in political science.