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Leading Impact Teams
Building a Culture of Efficacy

Foreword by John Hattie



© 2017 | 240 pages | Corwin

Learn how to promote teacher, student, and collective efficacy 

Teachers are a school’s greatest resource. Excellent teachers make excellent schools. Leading Impact Teams taps into the scheduled team planning time every school already has, and repurposes it in a model that provides the processes needed to build teacher expertise and increase student learning. The model combines two existing practices, formative assessment and collaborative inquiry, and promotes a school culture in which teachers and students are partners in learning. Readers will learn how to:

  • Build a culture of efficacy
  • Take collective action
  • Embed student-centered assessment in the classroom culture
  • Clarify learning goals and criteria for success
  • Leverage progressions of learning for “just right” instruction
  • Utilize evidence-based feedback
  • Maximize peer and self-assessment in classroom practice

Presented in an easy-to-read, practical format, this book will help teachers build upon their strengths to create conditions where innovation and creativity thrive and where students can develop the belief in their capacity to learn. 

"Leading Impact Teams offers a great blend of rationale, research, and doable application. What’s unique and noteworthy in this book is its powerful set of collaborative protocols focused on evidence, analysis, and action that puts students at the center of the teaching and learning process.”
Larry Ainsworth, Author of Common Formative Assessments 2.0: How Teacher Teams Intentionally Align Standards, Instruction, and Assessments

“Leading Impact Teams offers one of the most thoughtful, powerful, and purposeful books in a long time that holds the potential to both catalyze and transform educational systems. Through an immensely enjoyable read, Bloomberg and Pitchford provide an easy-to-follow roadmap to the complex journey of building efficacy and teams. This book is a must-read for educators and policy makers who are committed to bringing out the best in systems, students, and communities." 
Alan J. Daly, Chair and Professor
Department of Education Studies, University of California, San Diego

 
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Defining Impact Teams
The What: Refocusing PLCs  
The Why: The Power of Efficacy  
The How: The Steps to Success  
 
2. Building a Culture of Efficacy
The What: The Four Sources of Efficacy  
The Why: Research and Reasons  
The How: Planning for Efficacy  
Nutshell  
Check-In  
 
3. Teaming to Learn
The What: Teaming to Learn  
The Why: Research and Reasons  
The How: Architecture of The Impact Team Model  
The Learning Network  
The Process: Eight Purposeful Protocols  
The Structure  
Nutshell  
Check-In  
 
4. Strengthening Student Efficacy: The Formative Assessment Process in Action
The What: Formative Assessment Process Unpacked  
The Why: Research and Reasons  
The How: Three Purposeful Protocols  
Evidence • Anaylsis • Action (EAA) in the Classroom  
Lesson Study Protocol  
Lesson Study in Action  
Microteaching Protocol  
Microteaching in Action  
Nutshell  
Check-In  
 
5. Equitable, Viable, and Coherent Curriculum: Creating Context for Efficacy
The What: Equity, Viability, and Coherence  
The Why: Research and Reasons  
The How: Six Steps  
Unpacking for Success in Action  
Calibration in Action  
Nutshell  
Check-In  
 
6. Evidence to Inform and Act
The What: Quality Evidence  
The Why: Research and Reasons  
The How: Four Purposeful Protocols  
EAA Team Meeting Protocol  
Check-In and Case Study  
Evidence Walk  
Nutshell  
Check-In  
 
7. Leading Model Teams
The What: Leading for Change  
The Why: Research and Reasons  
The How: The Model Teams Approach  
Nutshell  
Check-In  
Case Study  
 
Appendices
 
Appendix A- Purposeful Protocols
EAA Impact Team Meeting Protocol  
Check-In and Case Study Protocol  
Lesson Study Protocol  
Microteaching Protocol  
Calibration Protocol  
Evidence Walks Protocol  
Unpacking for Success Protocol  
Evidence • Analysis • Action Classroom Protocol  
Ladder of Feedback Classroom Protocol  
Planning Frames for Student Peer Review  
 
Appendix B- Math Unpacking Example
 
Appendix C- Formative Assessment Examples
Claim • Evidence • Reasoning (CER)  
Linear Equations Example  
Constructing Viable Arguments in Mathematics  
Reading Anchor 2 • Informative  
Story Retelling Rubric (RL.1.2)  
BEAST World History Writing Rubric  
U.S. History—Analysis of a Political Cartoon—Student Growth Rubric—Aligned to CCSS Literacy Standards  
 
Appendix D- Evidence • Analysis • Action (Team Meeting) Resources
 
Appendix E- Impact Team Cycles
 
Appendix F- Impact Teams Pre-Assessment
 
Appendix G- Team Trust Survey
 
Appendix H- Impact Teams Implementation Rubrics
 
References and Further Reading
 
Index

"Leading Impact Teams offers a great blend of rationale, research, and doable application. Effectively organized in a recurring format that includes the what, why, and how of the topic in focus, each chapter concludes with a nutshell summary, a check-in reader assessment and related implementation activity, along with teacher-voice tips and testimonials in print and video formats. What’s unique and noteworthy in this book is its powerful set of collaborative protocols focused on evidence, analysis, and action that puts students at the center of the teaching and learning process. This clearly reflects the authors’ stated ultimate goal: ‘for students to be able to independently assess their own learning.'"

Larry Ainsworth, Author of Common Formative Assessments 2.0: How Teacher Teams Intentionally Align Standards, Instruction, and Assessments
Corwin Author

"At its compelling core Leading Impact Teams is about intentionally creating, growing, and nurturing interdependent systems of support and collaboration. This message is more critical than ever given need to fundamentally rethink how we approach education in support of student centered approaches. Leading Impact Teams offers one of the most thoughtful, powerful, and purposeful books in a long time that holds the potential to both catalyze and transform educational systems. Through an immensely enjoyable read, Bloomberg and Pitchford provide an accessible and easy-to-follow roadmap to the complex journey of building efficacy and teams. This book is a must read for educators and policy makers who are committed to bringing out the best in systems, students, and communities."

Alan J. Daly, Chair and Professor
Department of Education Studies, University of California, San Diego

"This will be a great book with which to implement “Impact Teams” in school districts! The ideas are easy to follow and teachers will be given strategies to use that will enhance student learning."

Susan E. Schipper, Primary Grade Teacher
Charles Street School
Key features
(1) Guides teacher teams through a journey to maximum effectiveness that results in extraordinary gains in teacher learning and student achievement.

(2) Employs a powerful Evidence*Analysis*Action protocol designed to embed the formative assessment process deep into school culture.

(3) Assets-based: helps teachers focus on what each student can do in relation to learning progressions based on the CCSS or any state standards.

(4) Helps promote the growth of self-directed learners by creating conditions in which students can self-assess.

(5) Includes a variety of rubrics, surveys and tools to guide the work of impact teams.

(6) The framework can be used to monitor and inform the implementations of any school or district learning initiative.  

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1 - Defining Impact Teams


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