An effective, interesting and exciting way to implement GLOBE in your school is to involve many teachers. If you can share the work with colleagues, it will make it easier and more fun. It is helpful for you to have colleagues with whom you can share ideas, brainstorm and plan. Research and experience have shown over and over again that innovative programmes such as GLOBE have a better chance of success if they are undertaken by a team of mutually-supportive teachers than if tackled alone.
One strategy for building a learning community in your school is the development of a school implementation plan which details a division of labour among teachers at the school for the implementation of the various GLOBE topic areas - Atmosphere, Hydrology, Soil and Land Cover Biology.
The plan could identify the most appropriate locations in the school curricula for integrating each of the GLOBE areas. The plan also describes how equipment and computer facilities will be obtained and factored into the instrumental plan.
A timetable for all major activities is desirable in order to provide an identity for your school learning community and for GLOBE activities in your school. You may establish a GLOBE headquarters in some prominent location, perhaps in the library or in common room. Here you can establish GLOBE posters, have a collection of books about planet Earth, display student work.
In addition, you may want to place posters and other materials in a prominent place near the school office or entrance identifying your school as a participant in the GLOBE Programme. Students may create ongoing displays of the data they are collecting. Photos of students at the study and sample sites making measurements and maps locating there sites will inform viewers of the scope of your work.
2. Neighborhood Learning Community
Another area where you might build a learning community is in your neighborhood. There are many people and organisations, which may be interested in your GLOBE activities. Community volunteers, including parents may be able to help with a variety of GLOBE related tasks or activities. It is important to cultivate an ongoing relationship with key members of community. Let them know about successes and plans. Publicize events and invite them to attend.
3. Geographically distributed Research Learning Community
It is also possible to establish geographically distributed research teams, which can become a wider learning community. Schools in various parts of a community or the world can collaborate on research activities. Your research community can be expanded by inviting GLOBE scientists or other researchers to participate as mentors and provide support for your school-to-school investigation.