Learn With Colleagues Across Massachusetts In Our New Co-Lab for Innovation

Last winter, a group of 30 educators from across the Commonwealth came together to talk about The Opportunity Myth, a new report from TNTP that delves into student experiences in five diverse school systems across the country. (Read more about our discussion here and here.)

The research findings certainly made for an interesting day of discussion. But discussion is just the beginning, and one day isn’t enough to truly problem-solve together in ways that result in lasting change. That’s why this fall, we’re back for more. We’re launching a new Co-Lab for Innovation that offers a chance for educator teams to tackle some of the complex challenges identified by The Opportunity Myth over the course of an entire school year.

Here’s the story: We are looking for 8-10 teams of Massachusetts educators to engage in a yearlong cross-district learning opportunity to increase opportunities for students to engage in risk-taking and critical thinking as a regular part of their school experiences. Teams will plan and implement action plans around big questions like, ‘What does complex, engaging, grade-level and beyond work look like?’ ‘How can we support all students to reach this high bar?’ and ‘How do school structures and cultures support educators in their journeys to do this work?’ Co-Labs offer educators the chance to work across different schools and even different districts to learn from each other’s experiences and problem-solve collaboratively on topics of shared interest. Teams will come together for four in-person meetings and three virtual meetings throughout the school year, and each team will receive a $3,000 mini-grant to support their work.

Interested? Applications are now open for school or district teams (3-5 educators per team, including at least one teacher and one administrator). Teams will be accepted on a rolling basis with September 15th being the priority deadline (extended deadline 10/3). Learn more about the Teacher Collaborative’s previous Co-Labs for Innovation and this year’s opportunity, and submit an application today. 

Kat Johnston