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Collaboration is a systematic process of learners, families, educators, and the community working together to ensure the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional success of every learner.

Defining Elements

  • 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

Learner collaboration includes:

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

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