Collaboration is often called the lifeblood of innovation, but rather than tap into the wealth of collective knowledge, experience, and diverse points of view that exist within any school, most suffer from an isolation epidemic. The current education model that dominates our schools was designed for a different time and place, when educators and students did not need to routinely collaborate to help equip students with the skills and knowledge they needed for success. But times have changed and collaboration is an essential element in a rapidly changing world. Schools that are averse to a culture of collaboration risk a destiny of irrelevance as the world races past them. Open Way Learning emphasizes collaboration in the classroom and among educators to solve problems that are best solved by a team, not alone.. Effective teacher teams are capable of innovating countless approaches to address issues for their students and stakeholders and act as visible role models for the types of collaboration students will need as they enter a global marketplace.