Teacher collaboration is a common factor found in all successful and high-performing schools. LCUSD believes that a meaningful and honest partnership between colleagues is essential in the development of quality teachers and improvement of academic achievement. Through collaboration, teachers work together to discuss classroom practices, share successful lessons and strategies and engage in a variety of learning experiences that lead to improved student achievement. Novice teachers benefit from veteran teachers by learning the specifics of curriculum pacing, behavior management, professional obligations and time management and the veteran teachers learn new theories and strategies, renewed enthusiasm for teaching, gain new perspective on practices and reflect on them. By working together each teacher’s knowledge base grows and students benefit from the expertise of other teachers through their own teacher. LCUSD created a Memorandum of Understanding on Teacher Collaboration between the District and La Canada Teachers’ Association starting in 2012-13 and has been implementing it since then. Teacher Collaboration takes place at elementary schools during early release times on select Fridays and at LCHS on select Tuesdays during late start period. The collaboration schedule is provided below.
Teacher Collaboration Committee Summary Report
The Superintendent’s Committee on Teacher Collaboration has completed the following tasks:
- Researched the collaboration schedules of comparable high performing school districts;
- Reviewed the teacher work products/outcomes of this year’s collaboration days;
- Analyzed educational best practices literature regarding teacher collaboration and its impact on teaching and learning;
- Conducted a parent perception survey regarding the 2011-12 collaboration schedule and its impact on school families;
- Held an invitational forum to hear from parents and community members who had voiced concerns regarding the implementation of 2011-12 collaboration days;
- Prepared a recommendation to the LCUSD Governing Board related to the structure and scheduling of collaboration days in 2012-13 based upon all of the data cited above.
An executive summary of the findings of these tasks can be downloaded in the following four documents: (Click to download each of them):
LCUSD Collaboration Survey Report