Why teacher collaboration is key to common core

Teachers need more time to collaborate to implement Common Core State Standards in their classroom, Vicki Phillips of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Robert L. Hughes, president of New Visions for Public Schools, write in this commentary. They describe how two projects use educator teams to develop instructional materials. "Some say working with the collaboratives has been the best professional-development experience of their careers. Teachers tell us that they are covering fewer topics more deeply, and that their students gain a greater understanding of the content," they write.

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