Don't we all need to make difference with each other? Is it up to someone like me to coach someone else? Aren't we all experts in our field having something valuable to share with each other?
Long we have stayed in our silos without ever asking for help or inquire into other's practice to better our own. Having attended EduCon and OETC this year, listening to amazing teachers, it is evident we are better collectively together than working with walls between. The collective wisdom of the room is far greater than the individual; the collective wisdom of the school is far greater than the individual classroom.
Collective commitment shares ideas, resources, and best practice without being concerned about who is better. It means looking at the works of others as whole and good works. Does this mean something can be poorly done and it accepted? Certainly not. There is no replacement for high quality work; we expect it from students; we expect from ourselves. Working collectively is bearing one another's faults, short comings, and idiosyncrasies while accepting our own faults but putting them on display.
Maybe the next step in education is not about rigorous standards, testing, or teacher evaluation. Perhaps it is about working closely together to engage students and deepen learning.