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Collective Efficacy
How Educators' Beliefs Impact Student Learning

A Joint Publication with Learning Forward and Ontario Principals’ Council



© 2017 | 152 pages | Corwin

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  

 
List of Figures and Tables
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
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  
 
Resources
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  
 
References
 
Index

"We knew that collective efficacy mattered, but Donohoo, in this easy to read, research based book makes it abundantly clear that schools need to focus on working together and believing in each other's ability to make a difference. Donohoo combines a synthesis of the research around collective efficacy with practical strategies and tools for how to create the right conditions for this skill set to flourish in schools."

Jennifer Abrams, Educational Consultant
Author of Having Hard Conversations, Hard Conversations Unpacked, & The Multi-Generational Workplace

"In Collaborative Inquiry for Educators: A Facilitator's Guide to School Improvement (2013), Donohoo Described what collaborative inquiry is and how to do it. In The Transformative Power of Collaborative Inquiry: Realizing Change in Schools and Classrooms (2016), Donohoo and Velasco explained how collaborative inquiry can bring change to individuals and systems. Now in her new book, Collective Efficacy: How Educators' Beliefs Impact Student Learning, she shares the personal impact collaborative inquiry can have on teaching collectively and individually.

In a time when educators are under increased scrutiny and criticism, Donohoo builds a case using research and experiences as the foundation of how collaborative inquiry can improve the disposition and practice of teachers. Sprinkled with thought-provoking questions throughout the book, Donohoo encourages teachers and leaders to reflect on their practice to determine their own path to build a personal philosophy and collective belief set that all children can succeed."

Martin Chaffee, Leadership Consultant for School Administrators
Oakland Schools, Michigan

"Collective efficacy beliefs can be inferred from the conversations we have in schools. If we do not provoke such conversations, question assumptions and consider new possibilities, we remain in a stuck state. Jenni’s work is both timely and important. It interrogates the concept of collective teacher efficacy, providing a clarity and understanding that feeds into a framework that will change those conversations, ensuring school movement and a culture of shared and high expectations."

Simon Feasey, Head Teacher (School Principal)
Bader Primary School, Thornaby-on-Tees

"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

"Jenni Donohoo has written a timely, compelling and wonderfully practical book, which will help leaders develop a stronger sense of collective efficacy in their schools. As Donohoo points out so clearly, what ‘we’, as a collective believe we can achieve together makes a significant difference. Our beliefs impact our actions which in turn impact our collective sense of competence, confidence and responsibility as professionals. Our actions can also change our beliefs through the work we do together. Collective Efficacy offers many strategies including the use of protocols for leaders that can be used to nurture school cultures where collective efficacy through impactful collaboration can take root, grow and thrive. While what we do as individual educators in our classrooms will always be important, what we can accomplish as a collaborative collective of professionals can change learning and growth trajectories for a whole school community."

Beate Planche, Ed.D., Educational Consultant, Coach, and Co-Author of "Leading Collaborative Learning: Empowering Excellence"
Collaborative Learning Services
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.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1 - Collective Teacher Efficacy


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