The busy administrator’s guide to creating strong teams, changing culture, and improving performance How effective is your team? Research shows that “teacher collective efficacy”—when all teachers are collectively engaged and focused on improvement—can do more to increase student learning than any other strategy. In fact, using powerhouse teams can achieve four years of student growth in a single calendar year. Horton’s practical guide will help you form your own dream team through:  • Short activities that require little to no preparation that you can use to deepen conversation at your very next meeting  • Step-by-step tools that will help your team move from identifying its biggest challenges to choosing and implementing successful reforms  • Strategies to enhance teamwork, trust, and collaboration so that your team becomes as effective as possible Horton will help you connect people, build trust, discover strengths, and clear barriers to reach greater teacher and program effectiveness–and ultimately raise student achievement. This book provides leaders and teams with a blueprint of how to work through a problem to find possible solutions while valuing each member of the team. This is not an easy task at any level and to have a resource to provide guidance for those tough situations is always welcomed. Nicky Kemp, Assistant Superintendent North Callaway R-1 School District Leading School Teams allowed our team to address the lack of processes and the finger pointing and tension that went along with it. It was surprising how quickly the activities and discussion brought out the meat of the issues within our team. Because of the natural manner in which the issues were approached, team members felt respected and accomplished after each session. Eric Dahlstrom Principal, Dartmouth Middle School

How the Problem Is Solved

How the Problem Is Solved

Using This Chapter

This chapter is for leaders and learning teams who are recognizing that there is a direct correlation between the mind-set and skills that team members come with and the productivity of the team. Teams and leaders who are still developing in their skill sets and understanding of teams will benefit from the content and Activities in this chapter. Some of the Activities are useful for the entire team, and some are appropriate for the leader.

If your team has already come to a firm grasp of the personal skills and team skills needed to have productive conversations and team meetings, then this chapter may not be the best use of your team’s time.

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