Open Communication and Collaborative Problem Solving
High-performing schools tend to promote collaborative cultures and cultivate strong ties among staff, parents, and members of the community. Indicators:
- Administrators and staff communicate and collaborate.
- Parents show support by participating in school activities — for example, attending special events and performances, joining task forces, fundraising, and helping with classroom activities.
- Teachers and staff cooperate across grade levels, subject areas, and departments.
- Teachers work closely with parents.
- Teachers help set standards and develop the curriculum.
- Teachers are involved in decisions about student learning.
- Teachers contribute to decisions about school operations.
- Parents, community members, and non-teaching staff help set goals for the school.
- Teachers meet regularly to discuss teaching and learning strategies.