The team designs interdisciplinary units so that one subject area leads the unit and arranges for a different subject to lead each interdisciplinary unit across the year. This helps to divide the workload and leadership responsibilities among the teaching team. It also helps when forming student groups.
The team invests significant planning time on a schedule that sequences activities and coordinates introduction of the new content, skills, and processes in each separate classroom.
The teachers send a parent letter home that includes a calendar of daily activities and a student organizer. The organizer lists all major assignments and due dates. It is designed to be a home refrigerator or bulletin board tool to help parents and students communicate about the project expectations.