there is a book i just started reading that deals with silos. not in the conventional sense, but in the business sense. apparently silos are meant to represent lack of communication and an absence of common goals. in this scenario you have divisions working towards their own goals as opposed to common understandings and progress. do schools fall into this same trap? how about school administrators? i’m not sure that communication is going to cure a problem with silos in a given workplace, but i’m guessing that it doesn’t hurt. when we start to feel like we are in isolation it’s easy to build walls to protect yourself and your own interests. the longer you do it, the bigger, stronger, and taller those walls get and eventually, while it may look like you’re still working in a cubical, you’ve actually got yourself a silo. so many people are looking for a “why” when it comes to blogging and i assert that departmental professional blogging can be an effective silo killer, or at the very least delay their construction. keeping communication open and letting your colleagues know what is important to you is a sure way to better understand who you work with.