Collaborating with peers, family, educators and others

Create projects and activities that require family/caregiver participation
Example: A teacher creates an at-home, place-based project in which the learner must collaborate with caregivers to identify an issue and design a solution.

Leverage internet-based tools that enable synchronous school-home sharing of learning, data and progress
Example: A teacher uses a digital ePortfolio platform with parent access to have learners capture their experiences, progress and performance on a daily basis to spark new conversations between home and school.

Work with parents/caregivers to ensure that the learner has the supports and opportunities needed for learning
Example: A teacher meets with parents a few weeks prior to school to discuss the learner’s needs across all aspects of Learner Focused and collaborates with school staff and third-party organizations to connect the family to a custom suite of support for the learner.

Regularly re-sort teams based on diversity, choice and interests
Example: A teacher changes the grouping strategy for every project throughout the year to avoid unintentional tracking and increase how well learners know each other.

Set expectations and support for the development of “team” skills (e.g., negotiation, conflict resolution, giving and receiving feedback, and assertion)
Example: A teacher shares a formal rubric of team skills that teammates on a project then use to score each other for formative feedback.