Core Proposition #5 and the AAT Core Proposition 5 is not explicitly included in the AAT, but is woven throughout. Teachers collaborate for the purpose of improving school effectiveness in the areas of academics, student well-being, and community. There are various levels of community engagement by an accomplished teacher: Collaboration with other professionals, Collaboration with Families, and Collaboration with the Community. By working with various groups, teachers will have opportunities to increase their knowledge of students, content knowledge, and pedagogy. Collaboration with other professionals: Accomplished teachers share responsibility with administrators and colleagues to develop curriculum, participate in meaningful professional development, and coordinate support for students with other teachers and professionals. Accomplished teachers work to develop a culture of excellence in their school. They strive to improve their teaching practice by observation, discussion, and reflection. Active participation may involve mentoring, serving on school/district teams, or experimenting with new methodologies. Collaboration with Families: Accomplished teachers share the education of students with parents and guardians. They share both accomplishments and challenges, listen respectfully to concerns and views, and build partnerships for the education of young people. Accomplished teachers understand that family structure is changing in our society and they learn about their students’ lives outside of school. They are alert to the fact that intellectual growth cannot be separated from physical, emotional and social growth. Collaboration with the Community: Accomplished teachers do not need to teach alone. Any community can become a setting for learning, for example, a town planning meeting, visits to parks and museums, or small businesses supplement student learning. Teachers encourage students to appreciate the ethnic, socioeconomic and political influences on their communities. This work is sensitive for many educators, but accomplished teachers prepare students to respond productively to the diversity of their peers. Student Advocacy · Be active in the PTA · Serve on the School Improvement Team · Teach students to self-advocate · Serve on the School Assistance Team · Utilize available community resources (i.e. government, civic groups, faith groups, businesses) · Inform policy-makers of school needs · Join a professional association or organization Partner with Families · Contact parents early and often · Share good news as well as areas for growth · Take a team approach to problem-solving by including the student, parents/guardians, counselors, and administrators · Appreciate the culture of the family · Invite the family to be a part of the school community

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