What is Collaboration in Common?

Collaboration in Common is the product of a public-private partnership between Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, the California Department of Education, and the Palo Alto-based technology company Declara. Collaboration in Common builds upon the California Department of Education’s (CDE) participation in the federal #GoOpen campaign, which encourages states and school districts to share educational resources and materials without cost and without violating copyright laws.

Collaboration in Common is a great example of how California looks for innovative ways to improve teaching and learning throughout our diverse state. We are leveraging technology and our talented teaching workforce to create a first-of-its-kind professional learning community and resource exchange that will offer professional development and access to new ideas and resources to benefit all of our schools.”

— California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

What is Collaboration in Common for?

Collaboration in Common is organized into teams, collections, and channels.

Collaboration in Common is designed to support the collaborative needs of California’s county offices, districts, site administrators, and individual teachers. Collaboration in Common facilitates organization, communication and resource sharing across geographic areas through teams and collections, as well as the ability to create virtual structures that mirror administrative structures.

Private Teams

Organizations, like school sites, districts and county offices, can use private teams to promote dialogue, collaboration, and resource sharing within a protected space. Any activity that happens within a private team stays within the private team.

Public Teams

Any Collaboration in Common user can create and/or join a public team. These discoverable collaborative spaces allow for the expansion for professional learning network across California.


Collections allow organizations and individuals to curate and share resources. Public collections are accessible to the broad audience of California educators!


Organizations can group collections together into channels. Whether organized by theme, department, subject, or objective, channels provide an easy way for organizations to establish publicly accessible “collections of collections”.