Teacher Collaboration

A Parent and Educator Guide to School Climate Resources
This guide provides parents, teachers, administrators, and other interested parties with a general understanding of school climate, school climate improvement activities, and the availability of additional resources.
Publication Date: April 2019
Publisher: U.S. Department of Education 

A Primer for Continuous Improvement in Schools and Districts
This brief orients educational practitioners to the continuous improvement process and how it can work in educational settings. It provides an overview and includes references and resources that school and district leaders may find helpful as they seek to integrate continuous improvement cycles into their work to improve teaching and learning.
Authors: Karen Shakman, Jessica Bailey, and Nicole Breslow
Publication Date: February 2017
Publisher: U.S. Department of Education 

An Administrator's Guide to Co-Teaching
This article provides practical strategies to make thoughtful implementation of co-teaching less difficult and support teachers in co-planning, co-instructing, and co-assessing.
Authors: Philip Bernhardt and Wendy Murawski
Publication Date: December 2015
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development 

Best Practices, Strategies, and Recommendations for Improving School Climate and Culture
This report reviews resources for interventions or approaches that may help to improve school climate and culture. Each resource includes a list of best practices, strategies, or recommendations.
Publication Date: March 2018
Publisher: Southeast Comprehensive Center at American Institutes for Research 

Building Teacher Collaboration School-wide
This article discusses collaboration within three organizational models: common planning time, professional learning communities, and critical friends groups.
Authors: Micki M. Caskey and Jan Carpenter
Publication Date: October 2014
Publisher: Association for Middle Level Education 

Collaboration: Partnering With Colleagues, Families, and Caregivers to Promote Student Success
This report includes the primary collaboration purposes of identifying and sharing effective academic, behavior, and social-emotional instructional practices, ensuring that practices are consistent across all providers, and ensuring that the students benefit from those practices.
Author: Lindsay DeHartchuck
Publication Date: August 2021
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities 

High-Leverage Practices in Special Education Collaboration: Research Syntheses
This high leverage practice describes a clear set of principles that define effective partnerships have emerged from research which emphasize creating trusting partnerships through communication, professional competence, respect, commitment, equality, and advocacy.
Publication Date: October 2020
Publisher: CEEDAR Center 

High-Quality Curricula and Team-Based Professional Learning
Three real-world examples illustrate how schools and school systems are working to support teachers to skillfully use high-quality, standards-aligned curricula, by providing teachers with the time and expertise to use those curricula well, with a focus on team-based, collaborative learning.
Author: Lynn Olson
Publication Date: May 2018
Publisher: Learning Forward 

How Family, School, and Community Engagement Can Improve Student Achievement and Influence School Reform
This literature review examines how family and community partnerships can promote school improvement efforts. Key components of promising family-school partnerships that support school and district level reform are identified.
Authors: Lacy Wood and Emily Bauman
Publication Date: February 2017
Publisher: American Institutes for Research 

It’s About Time: Organizing Schools for Teacher Collaboration and Learning
This case study provides a detailed account of how time can be organized and used within budget and schedule constraints so that schools that organize time more traditionally may learn from these innovative practices. It examines how these uses of time relate to a range of educational outcomes.
Author: Soung Bae
Publication Date: 2017
Publisher: Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education 

Scheduling for Success: Common Planning Time
This article provides ideas that can assist districts, schools, and individual teachers to maximize the time and resources that they have available. It is suggested to use these tips as a springboard for further discussion.
Publication Date: August 2015
Publisher: Inclusive Schools Network 

Strong Teams, Strong Schools
This article discusses how effective teams strengthen leadership, improve teaching and learning, nurture relationships, increase job satisfaction, and provide a means for mentoring and supporting new teachers and administrators.
Author: Dennis Sparks
Publication Date: April 2013
Publisher: Learning Forward

Teacher Collaboration In Perspective: A Discussion Guide for Teachers and Principals
This discussion guide helps teachers and principals decide whether and how to collaborate and how to do so effectively. Teachers and principals can make decisions about how to work more collaboratively and at what scale to collaborate.
Publication Date: 2017
Publishers: Spencer Foundation and Public Agenda

Teacher Collaboration In Perspective: A Guide to Research
This guide to research provides a nonpartisan, nonideological and easily digestible summary of key research on teacher collaboration, including studies that are typically accessible only to academics.
Authors: David Schleifer, Chloe Rinehart and Tess Yanisch
Publication Date: 2017
Publishers: Spencer Foundation and Public Agenda

When Special and General Educators Collaborate, Everybody Wins
This article describes the collaboration of general education teachers and special education teachers and offers a specific list that is imperative to that collaboration: trust, vision, commitment to staff development, common language, routines, learning targets, remediation, technology, and family partnerships.
Author: Barb Casey
Publication Date: May 2019
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development