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Our lessons learned

Since 2003, CTQ has invested in convening and facilitating virtual communities of educators. We’ve learned a lot since our listserv days:

  1. It’s not about the platform. Sure, our customized Collaboratory is a versatile space for formal and informal interactions in large and small groups. But it’s not the only game in town—and we’re good with that. To us, "virtual communities" are about people and their hopes and needs, not where they gather or what technology they use.
  2. It's critical to invest in expert facilitators. Whether we’re convening teachers to create new tools in the Collaboratory, problem-solve in Twitter chats, or share their expertise in webinars, well-prepared virtual community organizers drive productive interactions.
  3. Practicing teachers make the best virtual community organizers. Classroom experience and credibility matter. Over the years, we've developed VOICE: an interactive curriculum that builds teachers' capacity to lead purposeful, solutions-focused professional learning communities online. And we value that expertise with compensation, as do other organizations, agencies, and districts who tap their skills.

How we can partner

CTQ can build your district's or organization's capacity for facilitating virtual collaboration—whether to amp up PLCs' effectiveness, convene task forces and committees, spread teachers' expertise across schools, or improve mentorship programs. We can help you develop the expertise to use virtual platforms to boost productivity and reduce the need for face-to-face meetings.