Collaborative Networks

A CLN consists of managers and team members who interact with professionals in other organizations sharing common needs and goals. In education, a CLN is comprised of teachers, administrators, parents, students and members of the community. They engage in knowledge exchange and discovery focused on solving problems, sparking innovation and improving processes. Members of a CLN engage in a peer learning/teaching process, which allows real issues to be addressed in real time. A collaborative learning network requires the development and practice of boundary spanning skills in areas of engagement, systems thinking, cultural insight and collaborative learning. A CLN is a combination of interpersonal, intercultural, and systems thinking competencies. CLN's provide teachers, parents and students with a means of communicating with each other about certain issues, ideas or questions. Technology has added a new dimension to CLN's, creating a way for individuals to communicate globally.

The Benefits of Collaborative Learning Networks
Builds online continuous improvement plans for buildings and districts
  • Heightens and values academic achievement
  • Increases comprehension of the content and skills being studied
  • Improves behavior and attendance
  • Increases learner self-confidence and motivation
  • Fosters social and academic interaction among learners
  • Creates positive attitudes within the learning environment
  • Promotes learner awareness of cultural diversity
  • Enhances higher-order and critical thinking skills
  • Significantly improves the relationship among the learning disabled and the other learners in the classroom
  • Enables convenient collaboration without regard to time or place
  • Helps provide experience and support through teamwork, while learning from other

Teacher Websites

Here are some website links for teachers.

Ongoing Projects from Around the World

  • This site links students and teachers world wide in a weekly session focused on collaborative learning.
  • This site focuses on improving student learning in K-12 public schools and districts by promoting educational reform that focuses on collaborative learning in schools and a system wide change.
  • Global School Net is the leader in collaborative learning. This site provides online opportunities for teachers to collaborate, communicate, and celebrate shared learning experiences.
  • This site gives teachers the ability to collaborate through areas such as teaching tips and educational news. Also, its Pathways page allows teachers to search over 5000 links to help with classroom projects and lessons.
  • This is a collaborative lesson archive for use by both parents and teachers.
  • This is a valuable website that requires a membership to gain access to most materials. It offers educators a variety of ways to teach with the Internet, as well as offering online classroom resources.
  • This website focuses on international education and resource networking. It helps integrate online global project work into the classroom.
  • This site displays a middle school science curriculum that focuses on collaborative learning.

  • General information website with resources useful to those involved in the educartion industry.

Parent Websites

  • This site contains an excellent article stating the importance of involving the parents of at-risk children in their child's education. This site includes different strategies for teachers to communicate with the parents.
  • This site allows parents who home school their children the opportunity to collaborate with other parents and professionals. It allows children to study online, collaborate on projects, and it provides a guidance center.  The site does require a monthly fee to access.

-Information with many resources regarding homeschooling


Online Counseling Resources
  • General information website with many resources useful to those involved in the couseling industry

Other Research and Resources

  • A research piece written by Douglas M. Brooks, PhD. Of Miami University in Oxford, OH.

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