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Intentional Moves

How Skillful Team Leaders Impact Learning
By: Elisa B. MacDonald

A Joint Publication with Learning Forward

Leading a team means more than running meetings. It’s leading collaborative learning for continuous improvement. In this long-awaited follow-up to her best-selling book, The Skillful Team Leader, acclaimed educator Elisa MacDonald presents nearly 150 effective moves, organized by intention, for any educator who leads a team.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506392844
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 504
  • Publication date: August 15, 2022

Price: $40.95

Description

Description

For maximum impact, let intention drive your actions.

Leading a team means more than running meetings. It’s leading collaborative learning for continuous improvement. Like effective teachers in the classroom, skillful team leaders decide what they are aiming to achieve and make small, intentional moves to produce powerful learning outcomes for teachers and students.

In this long-awaited follow-up to her best-selling book, The Skillful Team Leader, acclaimed educator Elisa MacDonald presents nearly 150 effective moves, organized by intention, for any educator who leads a team.

In this book, you'll find strategies to lead with purpose and direction, including how to:

  • foster an inclusive environment and strengthen team trust
  • interrupt bias and cultivate diverse perspectives
  • navigate resistance and manage conflict
  • facilitate data analysis
  • lead peer observation
  • assess your team’s collaboration

and so much more!

Written in a practitioner-friendly format with a light tone and relatable stories, this is a must-have book for all team leaders and those who support them in your school.


Key features

  • Actionable strategies that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion on teams
  • Examples and advice from real skillful team leaders
  • A simple six-phase cycle to guide teams’ collaborative inquiry
  • Essential understandings about group psychology, adult learning, and peer leadership
  • A reflection tool to assess a team’s collaboration
  • Templates, tools, and guiding prompts for skillful team leaders
  • Pro tips for leading protocols
  • Short, thought-provoking, relatable reads for a team leader book study
Author(s)

Author(s)

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Elisa B. MacDonald

An educator for 30 years, Elisa B. MacDonald is the author of the best-selling book, The Skillful Team Leader: A Resource for Overcoming Hurdles to Professional Learning for Student Achievement. Her broad-ranging experience includes roles such as teacher, literacy coach, and assistant principal of instruction in the Boston Public Schools and adjunct professor for teacher action research at Boston College. As national director at Teach Plus, Elisa built up and led a program in six cities in which teams of teachers in chronically underperforming schools achieved rapid gains for students. Currently, Elisa consults with school districts and organizations, training and coaching team leaders and helping to transform teacher, school, and district-level leadership teams.

When Elisa isn’t championing students and teachers, she is on stage acting, driving her twins to soccer and theater, or experimenting in the kitchen, pretending she’s on the Food Network. Contact Elisa if you want to learn more about skillful intentional team leadership, or if you just want a delicious fudge recipe.

www.elisamacdonald.com
skillfulteamleader@gmail.com
(Twitter) @elisaBmacdonald
(LinkedIn) Elisa B. MacDonald
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part 1: Foundations


Chapter 1: Skillful and Intentional Leadership


Chapter 2: Don’t Settle for High-Functioning Teams


Chapter 3: The Real Work of Collaborative Inquiry


Part 2: Essential Understandings


Chapter 4: The Psychology of Groups


Chapter 5: Five Must-knows About Adult Learners


Chapter 6: The Upsides (and Downsides) of Being a Peer Leader


Part 3: Ten Primary Intentions with Moves


Primary Intention #1: Optimize Learning Conditions: Time, Space and Accommodations


Primary Intention #2: Establish Expectations and Responsibilities: Norms and Roles


Primary Intention #3: Nurture Group Culture: Community and Trust


Primary Intention #4: Design and Plan Learning: Work Plans, Agendas and Protocols


Primary Intention #5: Engage and Interact: Participation, Conflict-Resolution and Decision-Making.


Primary Intention #6: Set Purpose and Direction: Priorities, Inquiry Questions and Goals.


Primary Intention #7: Use Data to Advance Learning: Assessments and Data Talk


Primary Intention #8: Cultivate Diverse Perspectives in Problem Solving: Assumptions and Bias


Primary Intention #9: Implement New Learning: Peer Observations, Resistance and Change.


Primary Intention #10: Assess: Feedback, Reflection and Growth for Teams and Leaders.


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