Teach Toledo is a program that the authors co-coordinate using community assets to create a third space to confront systemic racism’s impact on teacher education programs and facilitate hybridity (Bhaba, 1994). Diverse student cohort members use their lived experience as the base for their individual and shared urban educational philosophies, coordinated in a first-year horizontally and vertically integrated curriculum including written compositions and a PhotoVoice project. “Creating commons” refers not only to provision of a third space as a common space where private experiences can be combined to create a hybrid, new understanding, but also to the creative act of fashioning and communicating a common purpose, i.e., a common philosophy of education. In this paper the authors ask: How can faculty and students develop a shared philosophy of possibility for urban education? What value can be gained from grounding teacher education in shared philosophy?