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Collective Efficacy

How Educators' Beliefs Impact Student Learning
By: Jenni Donohoo

A Joint Publication with Learning Forward and Ontario Principals’ Council

If educators’ realities are filtered through beliefs that little can be done to influence student achievement, then these beliefs will manifest into practice. The solution? Collective efficacy.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506356495
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 152
  • Publication date: October 21, 2016

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Improve student outcomes with collective teacher efficacy.

Is your school climate promoting meaningful change? Recent research suggests that Collective Efficacy (CE) is the number one factor influencing student achievement.

CE—the belief that, through collective actions, educators can influence student outcomes and improve student learning—is changing the educational ecosystem. A faculty with high Collective Efficacy show greater effort and persistence, willingness to try new teaching approaches, and attend more closely to struggling students’ needs. This book presents practical strategies and tools for increasing student achievement by sharing:

  • Rationale and sources for establishing CE
  • Conditions and leadership practices for CE to flourish
  • Professional learning structures/protocols that promote CE

If educators’ realities are filtered through the belief that they can do very little to influence student achievement, then it is likely these beliefs will manifest in their practice. Help teachers develop mastery and CE by employing these key strategies.

“Acclaimed staff developer and experienced educational consultant Jennifer Donohoo puts the sword to the mistaken idea that the best way to improve teaching is by evaluating individuals. Donohoo takes an old idea—collective efficacy—strengthens it with a rigorous research base, and brings it alive through her countless observations of teachers' practice.

Collective Efficacy is about the overwhelming power that teachers have to improve student learning and achievement when they work together, explore every avenue open to them, and persist relentlessly once they have found the best ways forward. This book will turn many people's assumptions about how best to improve student achievement on their head. Probably one of the very best education books of the year.”
Andy Hargreaves, Brennan Chair in Education
Boston College

Key features

(1) A research-based, albeit practical guide to promoting Collective Efficacy in schools -- the single most influential driver of student achievement.
(2) Contains practical strategies for strengthening, sustaining, and measuring Collective Teacher Efficacy
(3) Also includes ideas for strengthening students' individual and collective efficacy.
(4) Each chapter includes case-like vignettes of what CE "looks like" when enacted across a school.
(5) Contains powerful designs for professional learning that foster CE in schools.


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Jenni Donohoo

Jenni Donohoo is the director of Praxis-Engaging Ideas, Inc and a project manager for the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE). Jenni has a PhD in Educational Studies and Supervisory Officer Qualifications. Jenni is a former classroom teacher and currently works with system, school leaders, and teachers around the world to support high quality professional learning. She has authored many peer-reviewed publications and three best-selling books, including Collaborative Inquiry for Educators, The Transformative Power of Collaborative Inquiry (with Moses Velasco), and Collective Efficacy: How Educators’ Beliefs Impact Student Learning. Jenni’s areas of expertise include collective efficacy, metacognition, adolescent literacy, and facilitating collaborative learning structures.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables



About the Author

Chapter 1. Collective Teacher Efficacy

What Is Collective Teacher Efficacy?

Why Is Collective Teacher Efficacy Important?

Efficacy Shaping Information

In Conclusion

Chapter 2. Consequences of Collective Teacher Efficacy

Greater Effort and Persistence

Willingness to Try New Approaches

Conveying High Expectations

Fostering Learner Autonomy

Decreasing Disruptive Behavior

Increased Commitment

Enhanced Parental Involvement

In Conclusion

Chapter 3. Fostering Collective Teacher Efficacy

Six Enabling Conditions for Collective Teacher Efficacy

Fostering Collective Efficacy: A Theory of Action

In Conclusion

Chapter 4. Enhancing Collective Efficacy Through Professional Learning

Seven Characteristics of Effective Professional Learning

Efficacy Enhancing Collaborative Learning Structures

Efficacy Enhancing Protocols

In Conclusion

Chapter 5. Leaders Utilize a Collaborative Inquiry Framework to Organize Actions

Getting Started

Stage 1: Plan

Stage 2: Act

Stage 3: Observe

Stage 4: Assess

In Conclusion


A. Template for Documenting Student Learning

B. Team Success Analysis Protocol

C. Observer as Learner Protocol

D. Evidence Analysis Protocol

E. Diversity Rounds Protocol

F. Developing a Shared Vision Protocol

G. School Visits Protocol

H. World Café Protocol

I. Assignment Analysis Protocol

J. The Enabling Conditions for Collective Teacher Efficacy Questionnaire

K. Leadership Theory of Action

L. Characteristics of Collaborative Leadership Inquiry Continuum





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