Collaborative Planning

Collaborative Planning operates parallel to the Collaborative Team Meeting, providing teaching staff with the opportunity to work in teams in creating the resources, materials, lessons, and strategies that would support teaching and learning in their classrooms. Collaborative Planning time is an integral structure that ensures the supports that we are initiating through the Collaborative Team Meeting have dedicated time to be actualized in the classroom.

Access a number of resources and samples below, organized by a variety of topics related to impactful and aligned collaborative planning efforts to inform Collaborative Response practices.


Reflection and Data Tools

The following tools can be used to reflect upon your structures and processes related to Collaborative Planning, as well as collect evidence to determine growth and impact over time.


Reflecting on Collaborative Planning - Template - Template to reflect on current Collaborative Planning structures and processes

Establishing a Team Focus

Whether establishing a team goal, inquiry question or focus area, it is important for teams to determine an overarching area of focus for their collaborative planning time, which should be alignment with the priorities established for the school. Through an examination of data, teams establish a focus for their collaborative planning that can guide professional learning, investigation of practice and adoption of common practices for student success.


Resources and Templates

Data Review and Team Goal template - Organizes initial team planning when reviewing data to determine strengths and gaps for students, to then help establish a SMART goal upon which to focus, and potential strategies to consider.

Data Review and Team Inquiry Question template - Organizes initial team planning when reviewing data to determine strengths and gaps for students, to then help establish an inquiry question upon which to focus, and potential strategies to consider.

Team Priorities and Actions template - Assists teams in the development of priorities related to their focus, as well as establishing timelines and responsibilities. This could be a useful initial planning document, that should serve as a potential thought organizer to help when developing a team planning guide.

Team Planning Guides

A team planning guide provides organization and alignment for collaborative planning time for teams. By infusing an overarching focus on the team's focus area, teams can then use the guide to plan forward, make notes of their progress and provides leadership evidence of the team's progression through a school year.


Resources and Templates

Action Research Team Planning Guide template (Goal) - Comprehensive planning guide for teams that includes team norms, goal, why the goal is important, current reality in relation to the goal, and possible strategies to consider to achieve the goal. The guide than acts as a notes document to evidence the ongoing work of the team using an action research focus (what did we do, what did we learn, what will we do next), while infusing elements like an administrative review and coordinated Collaborative Team Meetings.

Action Research Team Planning Guide template (Inquiry Question) - Comprehensive planning guide for teams that focuses on an inquiry question, rather than a goal as shown above. Infuses all the same elements listed above