It wasn't easy to think of a metaphor for collaboration and community. Then I came across this photo of a stand of Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora). You often come across little groups of the plant in the evergreen forests along the coast of Downeast Maine. I found this group, growing in a beautiful bed of Sphagnum moss, along a path near the southern shore of Little Deer Isle. Indian Pipe is unique because, unlike most flowers we know, it has no chlorophyll and so does not make its own food. The moss can be seen as the community of teachers and parents, cushioning and nuturing the students until they grow proud and tall on their own. A bit of a stretch, perhaps, but it is such a nice picture!

All Aretha Franklin is asking for is a little Respect. A teacher must exhibit nothing less but also empathy, courage and openness as he builds his network community of colleagues, students, parents and administrators.
Teachers are Members of Learning Communities
* Teachers collaborate with others to improve student learning.
* They are leaders and actively know how to seek and build partnerships with community groups and businesses.
* They work with other professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development and staff development.
* They can evaluate school progress and the allocation of resources in order to meet state and local education objectives.
* They know how to work collaboratively with parents to engage them productively in the work of the school.
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Rationale Reflection
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