The Common Ground Collaborative (CGC) is a non- profit organization headquartered in the USA, with Regional Offices in Europe and Latin America. The CGC has grown in impact and influence since our founding in 2014. Our members include international and national schools, both independent and public.
We work with everyone from new schools in Quito to well-established independent schools in Toronto. We work in public school districts in the USA and in public ‘experimental schools’ in China. We work with partners, both nonprofit and for-profit, to reach thousands of learners currently mired in learning poverty.
Our primary process is conversation. When schools join the CGC, they do not adopt a fixed programme, they join a conversation. Together we puzzle out what is best for the school, or other organization, co-creating customized models in context, using the CGC’s acquired experience and practical models.
Our theories are built backwards from decades of experience in leading, teaching and learning in multiple contexts and cultures and yet are rooted in decades of research and acquired wisdom drawn from the rich well of progressive, constructivist education.
We hope that you will find our work interesting, and perhaps intriguing enough for you to contact us with a view to joining our global conversation.
We are excited to announce two new courses for the Summer of 2023.
Why Lead?, July 17-22, 2023
Unlocking the Power of the Practitioner Leader
This interactive, engaging professional learning experience builds our capacity to lead for higher learning impact and lower stress.
Understanding the Power of Purposeful Practice
This interactive, engaging professional learning experience builds our capacity to teach for higher learning impact and lower stress.
The CGC is drawing a line under broken models of schooling. We’re replacing rhetoric with reality via radical simplicity. Here are our Guiding Principles...
I just had the pleasure and privilege of working with the faculty and staff of a fine school in Central America, Academia Interamericana de Panama (AIP). We were together for a full day, as the first introduction of the CGC Learning Ecosystem to the school. When I say ‘we’, I mean a fully inclusive ‘we’. Not ‘just’ the teachers and assistant/co-teachers, but all employees: HR, maintenance, catering, the tech team…everybody. (Parents and learners join the process later).
When CGC works with the parents in a community, the get-togethers are not ‘Parent Information Evenings’. We’re with Michael Fullan when he suggested that, ‘Information without relationships is never knowledge’. That just feels right, and clears up some of the mystery of, ‘How come they don’t know, we sent 3 newsletters?’.
In a recent post we referenced Early Ground, the early learning ecosystem from the CGC. Each EG Playscape culminates in an Exhibition of Learning, to which parents are invited. The first, celebrating our ‘What Shall We Build?’ Playscape was a great social success. Extended families attended and enjoyed seeing their child’s ‘learning products’ in a welcoming setting.
The CGC has now developed an Early Learning Ecosystem, EARLY GROUND. It incorporates key design features of the CGC, notably the 6 Human Commonalities, The Portrait of an (Early) Learner, and the CGC’s Definition of Learning.
Occasionally, when we’re discussing introducing the CGC Learning Ecosystem into a school, someone will ask, ‘What do you do about teacher resistance?’ The answer is quick and honest, ‘We don’t get any’.