Collaboration is one of No Excuses University’s Six Exceptional Systems – working together with a common purpose to achieve student success. Fundamental elements for collaboration will be discussed. Part of collaborating is also about being honest. The ability to speak openly and truthfully to create solutions or address concerns with colleagues is vital to student achievement. Candor is often confused with conflict and many people strive to avoid both. Yet in order to be solution focused and create strategies and systems that most effectively support student learning, candid collaboration is essential. How can you be candid, but not insulting? How can you be honest without offending someone? This session will review vital pieces of effective collaboration and introduce some simple strategies to engage in essential conversations that utilize candid collaboration.