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By Suzanne Bouffard
June 2019
Vol. 40, No. 3
Have you ever been part of a team that doesn’t do any actual teamwork? I can recall plenty of examples from my professional and personal lives, like a staff team whose meetings were canceled too often to make progress and a dance company that was so riddled with competition members wouldn’t help one another. (I left both long ago.) Education teams, too, can suffer from a lack of true collaboration. Many teachers have little opportunity to collaborate within and across schools, nonteaching staff have few chances to connect in meaningful ways with teachers, and administrators don’t always get as much time to connect directly with staff as they wish. Yet we know that collaboration is essential for effective professional learning and great teaching. That’s why

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Suzanne Bouffard (suzanne.bouffard@learningforward.org) is editor of The Learning Professional.


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suzanne.bouffard@learningforward.org

Suzanne Bouffard is vice president, publications at Learning Forward. She is the editor of The Learning Professional, Learning Forward’s flagship publication. She also contributes to the Learning Forward blog and webinars. With a background in child development, she has a passion for making research and best practices accessible to educators, policymakers, and families. She has written for many national publications including The New York Times and the Atlantic, and previously worked as a writer and researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Duke University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. She loves working with authors to help them develop their ideas and voices for publication.


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