While Professional Learning Communities can be a wonderful tool, they often focus on collaboration between teachers of similar content-areas or grade levels. In a landscape where literacy and problem-solving skills are important for every content area, teachers gain so much insight by collaborating with "un-common" partnerships. Using the Common Core literacy and mathematical standards, teachers can collaborate to provide support to each other as they explore their own content area. By asking principals for suggestions of teachers within their own school or even outside their own building, teachers can grow their classroom practice, reflections and networks. There are many tools such as consultancies, Paideia seminars and student work examination strategies that support this collaboration.
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