CHAPTER 4. Collaboration for Digital-Age Students

Flipped Book Study: Watch before reading to enhance your learning.

Audio Outtakes: Supercharge your book study with these shareable chapter-by-chapter audio clips with colorful commentary. Connect with Brad to schedule him to join your book study or university class "live" on Skype, GHO, or Voxer.

Water Cooler Questions:


  1. How might we amplify the voices of our most introverted students and staff?

  2. What is the relationship between collaboration and moral courage?

  3. Can collaboration and connectedness be done incorrectly?

Additional Listening/Viewing:


  • Collaboration & Teamwork: Hear how Steve Jobs viewed collaboration, committees, and the leadership hierarchy at Apple.

Additional Blog Posts:



With the right culture and support, collaboration can transform learning.



Learn how educators across the country are connecting their classrooms to more collaborative learning experiences.

Additional Books:


  • Amplify (2015) by Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke


  • 5 Skills for the Global Learner (2015) by Mark Barnes

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Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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This TED-inspired talk introduces a real-life renegade, and unpacks the basic tenants of a digital-age pedagogy.


Personalize your learning and double-down on your leadership! Complete at least one of the mini challenges at the end of each chapter to earn your Renegade Leadership badge.

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Double-Down Challenge:


Personalize your learning by selecting from mini-challenges at the conclusion of each chapter. Most chapters offer at least two different options to personalize your learning. Choose the mini-challenge that you would like to 'double-down' on, and then click HERE to track your progress on the Worlds of Learning digital badging platform.

  • Challenge 4.1: Cross-Site Collaboration

Model collaboration for your staff by connecting with another school. Create a shared product (podcast, blog post, article) that showcases the power of collaboration. Share your product on the #RenLead hashtag.

  • Challenge 4.2: Moral Courage to Do the Right Work

Just like Rafranz Davis and the Lufkin leadership team, you could reflect on your current reality together with district staff. Dig deeper into how culturally sensitive your system is and your own next steps. Start a book study. Identify your current reality and collaborate on a path forward.