Collaborating for Student Success

NEW! Collaborating in a Crisis: Working Together to Safely Reopen Our School Buildings 

Read the National Labor Management Partnership’s document to safely and collaboratively reopen America’s schools here.

A New Model for Education Partnerships

Research has shown that effective collaborative partnerships in education lead to a number of increased gains, including greater teacher retention and educator empowerment, more effective communication amongst stakeholders, and most importantly, an increase in student success, even in high poverty school districts!

Join Our Call to Action

Our schools, our voices.

We all have a stake in our education system, and together we can raise the bar on student outcomes all while creating a better environment for everyone from educators to administrators. To that end, the National Labor Management Partnership has issued a call to action to the education community to foster a culture of learning and joint problem solving in our schools and districts. Together, as those closest to the students and families, empowered education stakeholders will transform our nation’s public schools. Learn more and read the Call to Action.

A Sustainable Framework for Collective Success

Not all states, districts, or individual schools will begin at the same starting point, but their paths will all share the same elements, and they can all achieve successful collaboration by assessing where they are and following some basic steps on their collective journey to success. The path to successful collaboration includes three phases: Prepare, Act, and Reflect. Depending on their own dynamics each state, district, or school will start at a different point along the path.


Understand the benefits of collaboration (increased student outcomes, educator retention, and association & administration roles in teaching and learning) and invite other stakeholders who might be interested in collaborating around student centered goals. Seek commitment to collaborate.


Build the structures and processes needed to started collaborating. Form working teams (i.e. State partner group, district leadership teams, school leadership teams, working committees) and define -within those teams- how we will do our work and develop outcomes for what we want to accomplish. Determine the support services needed to train and support collaborative teams.


How do we know that we have achieved our goals? In the reflect phase, you will catalog successes and challenges and share lessons-learned with others. This analysis is key to repeating and sustaining our work because each time we cycle through the three phases of our framework, not only do we improve it, but we further embed our tested structures into existing systems. It is our way of creating change in a systemic and sustainable way.