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Together, everyone achieves more. Staff work together and hold each other accountable toward a shared goal of success for every learner.

Working in unison for every learner’s success 

Regular flow of information among and across teams helps the separate parts of the system work in unison. Each team oversees implementation and gauges effectiveness of particular aspects of the system.
For example:

  • building leadership teams – focus on system-level excellence and equity
  • student problem-solving teams – focus on planning and monitoring support for individual learners

Intentionally-designed implementation teams with shared goals

The complex work of improving outcomes for all and eliminating inequities depends on authentic dialogue, learning, and planning among learners, staff, families, and the community. Each partner plays an important role in collaborating for learner success.

Engaging learners as collaborative partners (student voice)

At the system level, learners provide a unique perspective on the actual impact versus the intended impact of school practices.
Learners serving on decision-making teams can provide insight into root causes of concerns. This helps teams take action that makes a meaningful difference for the learner.

Providing encouragement, expertise, and accountability for staff

Teams need coaching and training to work effectively. They also need assistance and leadership to develop culturally competent ways of collaborating.
Educators collaborate with one another by:

  • Coming together to examine root causes and problem-solve,
  • exchanging information,
  • holding each other accountable through shared goals and progress data,
  • identifying ways to more effectively meet the needs of every learners, and
  • sharing diverse perspectives and expertise.

How do you know your system is collaborative?

  • Occurs through intentionally designed linked implementation team structures and shared goals: within and across teams; across the district; across settings; at and across levels of support; among diverse stakeholders; across programs; and beyond the school system
  • Depends on fluid team structure and regular flow of information among and across teams
  • Emphasizes family and community engagement

Staff collaboration includes:

  • Structures to exchange information, share expertise, and problem-solve
  • Peer accountability
  • Culturally competent team members committed to equity

Student collaboration includes:

  • Actively seeking student voice at individual and system levels
  • Providing choice

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