Topics: Collaboration Approaches

Team Collaboration Approaches are the five main collaborative planning protocols that teachers are coached on to help them plan for and implement a differentiated and individualized classroom. Tools and resources on how to implement each structure can be found below. Additionally, coaches should use the Team Teaching Structures Rubric in Coaching Tools to guide their coaching of teams on each of these structures.

Collaboration Approaches Rubric

Rubrics for Coaches to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching teams’ planning and collaboration structures. Each rubric focuses on a specific team meeting, with a final rubric at the end to assess the team’s overall effectiveness.

Team Planning

Each week, teachers create lesson plans that define what students should be able to do by the end of the lesson and how their teachers will measure their learning.

Content Building

Daily meetings where teams of teachers break down the lesson in order to determine the barriers students may encounter and differentiate the upcoming lesson's content, process, and product for each small group of students.

Daily Data Huddles

Daily meetings where teams of teachers use granular data to review student mastery of intended learning, analyze student progress, and determine opportunities for re-teaching.

Formal Assessments & Post Assessment Data Meetings

Post Assessment Data Meetings happen after each formal assessment (mid-unit quizzes, unit tests, MAP Growth Assessments, Mock Regents Exams, etc.) to analyze the student data collected on that assessment.

Team Formation and Improvement

At the beginning of the year, teams spend time developing strong systems for collaboration and laying the foundation for continuously reflecting on and improving their team effectiveness throughout the year.