Teacher Collaboration In Perspective

August 26, 2017

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Teacher Collaboration In Perspective, a joint project of the Spencer Foundation and Public Agenda, is designed to contribute to a better-informed dialogue about how teachers can work more collaboratively. This Guide to Research as well as the other resources developed for this project, a Discussion Guide for Teachers and Principals and a set of Critical Questions for Superintendents and School Board Members, are designed to help educators and leaders begin to understand collaborative practices among teachers and weigh decisions about why, whether and how to foster more collaboration in their schools and districts.

For more information, visit www.in-perspective.org.

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As part of Teacher Collaboration In Perspective, the goal of this discussion guide is to help teachers and principals decide whether and how to collaborate and how to do so effectively. The guide can be used in a variety of settings, including in schoolwide or districtwide meetings for professional development, in teacher-in-service trainings, in faculty meetings or in meetings with principals. Using this guide, teachers and principals can make decisions about how to work more collaboratively and at what scale to collaborate.

For more information, visit www.in-perspective.org.


As part of Teacher Collaboration In Perspective, these Critical Questions can be used by superintendents and school board members to begin to understand how teachers currently work in their districts and to think critically about how to make teachers’ work more collaborative. These questions are designed to help superintendents and school board members:

– Ask good questions about how teachers work.
– Understand their own roles in creating the conditions for teachers to collaborate.
– Consider the concerns and needs of stakeholders in the district and community.

For more information, visit www.in-perspective.org.


While research shows that teacher collaboration can offer many benefits for students and teachers alike, and while educators are generally supportive of collaborative practices, there is still much to learn about how to foster collaborative workplaces. How to Create a More Collaborative Workplace for Teachers begins to fill this gap by bringing together a panel of education professionals who discuss the efficacy of teacher collaboration and share their knowledge and experiences on how to foster more collaborative workplaces.

Download this slide deck from a 1-hour webinar that was hosted by Public Agenda and the Albert Shanker Institute that explored how teachers, principals, superintendents, school board members and other administrators and leaders can work together to foster collaboration among teachers.

Watch a recording of the webinar below