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Intentional Moves
How Skillful Team Leaders Impact Learning

A Joint Publication with Learning Forward



August 2022 | 504 pages | Corwin

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.


 
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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Chapter 1: Skillful Intentional Leadership

Chapter 1: Skillful Intentional Leadership

In the first chapter of Intentional Moves, explore the four key tenets of a skillful approach, the 10 skillful team leader (STL) primary intentions, the STLs highligheted in the book, how the book is structured, and more. 

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Introduction to The Ten STL Primary Intentions

Introduction to The Ten STL Primary Intentions

Discover the moves covered within the 10 skillful team leader (STL) primary intentions in this detailed table of contents and tips for reading Intentional Moves.

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The Upside (and Downside) of Being a Peer Leader

The Upside (and Downside) of Being a Peer Leader

"Being a peer leader poses unique challenges, but also offers unexpected advantages. In the following pages, I explore five understandings that skillful team leaders (STLs) have about peer leadership." - Intentional Moves.

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Manage Conflict

Manage Conflict

Explore moves skillful team leaders (STLs) can employ to manage conflict in this excerpt from Intentional Moves

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Work Toward a S-M-A-A-H-R-T Goal

Work Toward a S-M-A-A-H-R-T Goal

Even goals that technically meet the SMART criteriaspecific, measurable, attainable, results-driven, and time-bounddon't always advance student learning.  Skillful team leaders align goals to priorities and ensure people have a heartfelt commitment to reaching them.  

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"It’s refreshing to read a book that discusses high functioning teams within the context of moving the needle on student learning. No longer do we have the luxury of defining success based on whether teams follow norms, stay on task, and get work done. Rather, this book frames how we can be intentional about impacting student learning, teacher practice, and school culture and climate through skillful team collaboration. "

Diane Sweeney, Founder and Lead Consultant
Diane Sweeney Consulting

"The beauty of this book rests in its authenticity. MacDonald draws from research and extensive experience to identify 10 essential goals for skillful team leaders and specifies explicit moves and targeted strategies for realization of each. The result is an engaging, user-friendly, encyclopedia of wisdom and hands-on practices. All team leaders who desire to produce results that matter will treasure this book."

Jackie Walsh, Author and Independent Consultant
Walsh Consulting

"This comprehensive book is rich with strategies for district, school and teacher teams ready to make decisions and improvements that will positively affect students' success. Whether you are new to leading teams or a veteran, this is sure to be your go-to resource to take on the challenging work of leading collaborative learning. The stories and examples are universally relatable and the color coded sections make it a very accessible read. This book is sure to leave you feeling empowered and recharged with hope and possibility."

Dr. Debbie Zacarian, Consultant and Author
Zacarian and Associates
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

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