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Is every classroom emphasizing collaboration, not isolation?  

Resource: https://www.teacher2teacher.education/2018/09/28/5-minute-pd-building-a-culture-of-collaboration/

Does your team have a shared vision? Ask every staff member to write down what they think it is, then compare answers.

Resource: http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107042/chapters/developing-a-vision-and-a-mission.aspx

Has your school built its own network to help students connect beyond the classroom and see the true relevance of their work?

Resource: http://whatsthestory.middcreate.net/vermont/mt-philo-meditation-first-overnight-retreat/?fbclid=IwAR15KuZdq4Yv7nq7a3mawhdHD6aAklh4hhD45FWDGhoTOwjIXGlnKnGB7X0

Are you attending EdCamps and other “unconferences” to participate in customized and collaborative professional development?

Resource: https://www.edcamp.org/

Is your Professional Learning Community potent and solution-oriented? If not, institute norms, protocols, and standing agendas that will lead to more operating discipline in these meetings that can then enhance teaching and learning on a larger scale.

Resources: https://consulting.learningforward.org/consulting-services/professional-learning-communities/ & https://www.nsrfharmony.org/

Has your school distributed the leadership by ensuring that teachers have the power to participate in decision-making that will impact students?

Resource: https://www.teacherpowered.org/

Have you thought about ways to promote collaboration through the arrangement of a classroom?

Resource: https://dschool.stanford.edu/resources/make-space-excerpts

Have you leveraged the wisdom of teachers in your local school or district to identify professional development opportunities stemming from teacher-to-teacher partnerships?

Resource: https://learningforward.org/docs/default-source/jsd-june-2016/expanding-excellence-june16.pdf

Have you thought about ways to promote collaboration through the layout of a school?

Resource: https://edsource.org/2017/rethinking-classroom-design-to-promote-creativity-and-collaboration/577087

Do your colleagues and you participate in virtual networks of other educators trying to solve similar problems to you?

Resource: http://theconversation.com/why-teachers-are-turning-to-twitter-94582

 Do you have a clear-eyed understanding of the obstacles for collaboration and have plans to overcome initial resistance?

Resource: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ820444

Has your school reevaluated its schedule so that routine, peer-to-peer collaboration is the rule and not the exception (department, grade level, and inter-disciplinary).

Resource: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept93/vol51/num01/Finding-Time-for-Collaboration.aspx