What are collaborative communities?

A collaborative community is a group of people who share common roles, responsibilities, and/or desired outcomes.  Participants deepen their knowledge and expertise by sharing information, materials, and resources.  These groups utilize focused action and shared leadership in order to work together to accomplish goals. The intent of collaborative communities is to bring together a group of professional educators to accomplish common goals via a technical assistance model to encourage leadership development and foster professional growth.

Why use the Collaborative Communities approach?

This approach reflects a technical assistance model of the future in which stakeholders are engaged in solving critical problems and are supported in their efforts, rather than being told what to do by an external source (NASDE, p. 9).

  • Engage stakeholders
  • Professional Growth
  • Assist special education staff in reviewing, revising, and developing procedures and practices for IDEA implementation
  • Tier 1 engagement model of Georgia Continuous Improvement Plan

Metro West GLRS has established collaborative communities for multiple stakeholder groups, such as:

  • Special Education Directors
  • School Administrators
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Transition Specialists
  • Teachers
  • School Psychologists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Behavior Specialist