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School Design

Teacher Collaboration

Organize teachers and teams to maximize student and teacher learning.

What is the opportunity?

In a typical system, teachers work in isolation with minimal access to content-specific expert support. Teacher teams do not examine student work and other data consistently to improve instruction, and most professional learning happens outside the context of teachers' daily work.

With Strategic School Design, teacher collaboration is the engine for school improvement and the way to lighten teacher load. Teaching teams, led by instructional experts (often teacher leaders) meet regularly to plan and adjust instruction based on student data. Content-specific experts support team meetings, observe and coach teachers, and collaborate to improve their own effectiveness as coaches.

Dig Deeper

Igniting the Learning Engine: How School Systems Accelerate Teacher Effectiveness and Student Growth through Connected Professional Learning

Discover how schools systems find the necessary resources to support effective teachers.



Strategic Teacher Collaboration to Improve Instruction

See how UP Academy in Dorchester, a neighborhood in Boston, MA, has made dramatic academic improvements by focusing on strategic collaboration among teachers.

Teacher Support at Achievement First

See how Achievement First provides teachers the support they need to become highly effective educators and continue to grow their practice every day.

Building Professional Development at Match Community Day

Experience what the individual professional growth process looks like at the Match Community Day Charter School in Boston. 

Teaching Teams at Ashley Park Elementary

Learn about the deliberate and strategic teacher teaming approach—with expert-led and data supported collaborative planning time—at an elementary school in North Carolina.

Data-Driven Instruction at Queens Metropolitan High School

Experience how Queens Metropolitan High School does data-driven instruction.

Explore School Check and complete your own healthy school check-up in just a few minutes by answering a series of questions about strategic resource use.

Start by focusing on the Teacher Collaboration section.

Take a system-level diagnostic to help assess resources organized for teacher professional growth.

School Scheduling Tools

Build a strategic school schedule that reflects your school's priorities with our School Scheduling Tools. The school’s master schedule represents, whether explicit or implicit, a critical aspect of shaping how learning takes place in the school.



Open an ERS account and explore School Designer, our five-step, interactive tool that leads principals, teachers, and central office staff through the Strategic School Design process.


Finding Time for Collaborative Planning

Learn six strategies for finding enough time for meaningful collaborative planning among your teachers. 

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