Is every classroom emphasizing collaboration, not isolation?
Does your team have a shared vision? Ask every staff member to write down what they think it is, then compare answers.
Has your school built its own network to help students connect beyond the classroom and see the true relevance of their work?
Are you attending EdCamps and other “unconferences” to participate in customized and collaborative professional development?
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.
Has your school distributed the leadership by ensuring that teachers have the power to participate in decision-making that will impact students?
Have you thought about ways to promote collaboration through the arrangement of a classroom?
Have you leveraged the wisdom of teachers in your local school or district to identify professional development opportunities stemming from teacher-to-teacher partnerships?
Have you thought about ways to promote collaboration through the layout of a school?
Do your colleagues and you participate in virtual networks of other educators trying to solve similar problems to you?
Do you have a clear-eyed understanding of the obstacles for collaboration and have plans to overcome initial resistance?
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).