Collaboration with colleagues as a part of a Professional Learning Committee or Professional Learning Network is vital to the success of educators. We all know “it takes a village,” and we must learn to tap into the experience and knowledge of the collective village of educators around the world to improve teaching and learning in every classroom for every student.
“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
As an education administrator, teachers are our greatest asset. They experience the struggles, successes, heartaches, and triumphs of students every day. When teachers and administrators work well together, innovation and improvement happens.
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford
No one can solve problems alone. Working together as administrators, we can develop innovative ideas and practices, solve problems, and provide support to teachers, students, parents, and the school community.
Collaboration with the community has become the norm in quality education. If we, as educators, are to prepare students to be successful in our communities, then we must ask our community members to partner with schools to show students what success really looks like. This joint effort is the difference between a good education and a great one.
Aside from the students, parents are the most important partner in a quality education. The research to support the importance of parent involvement is abundant, but one merely needs to ask a teacher the difference a caring parent makes in a child’s education. When educators form strong collaborative bonds with parents, there is no limit to the the potential of the student.