"This is an important book, providing both inspiration and practical guidance for educators impressed by the power of teacher teams. By offering a series of case studies, and protocols for analyzing the cases, Troen and Boles guide readers through a process educators can use immediately in their own efforts."
"The Power of Teacher Teams is an incredible gold mine of ideas, strategies, practices, and advice, rooted in a conceptual frame that is both accessible and engaging! It is must reading for teachers, principals and policy makers who care passionately about transforming our schools for teachers and their students."
“Troen and Boles provide a guide for teams to navigate through the obstacles and opportunities created by collaborative teams. This book offers teams a chance to reflect and learn from their own and others’ experiences.”
“This book is a must-read for any superintendent or school leader, and a guide for educators—whether they are teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, or district staff—on how to work together.”
“By describing and illustrating both the theory and practice of effective teams, the authors have made a major contribution to our efforts to close achievement gaps and boost student learning.”
"Tools ready-to-use! A required resource for principals, teacher leaders, instructional coaches and professional development facilitators. Troen and Boles make teaming practice public so that we can begin to do the same across our schools."
"Change through collaboration occurs when school leaders and teachers meet consistently to talk about student learning and teaching design and hold each other accountable. As a principal practitioner dedicated to adult learning and professional growth, I treasure the gems scattered throughout this salient book."
"This is a powerful book that offers practical advice grounded in research. The case studies in this book can assist superintendents, curriculum/staff developers, teacher leaders, and principals in implementing effective, school-based instructional teams."
"At a time when teacher effectiveness is under attack nationwide, Boles and Troen add a fresh perspective to the conversation. Through thoughtful analysis and case studies, the authors advocate for the use of strategies that improve teacher effectiveness as well as parallel strategies that improve schools’ team effectiveness."
"Finally, a book written in user-friendly language that explains the value of educators working in teams to improve student achievement! Educators who read this book will be able to use its cases and guides to case analysis to solve the challenges they face in their own schools."
"Troen and Boles give us a concrete image of how collective educational practice can be focused on the instructional core of schooling. Their portrait of teacher teams is an important contribution to our understanding of how teaching is learned and will be useful for both practice and analysis."
"The authors identify the real-life challenges of teaming and collaboration that teachers and principals face each and every day. They provide cases that describe the everyday experiences of working in teams, and then present tools that professionals will find extremely useful in aligning their efforts around improving student learning."
"As a director of professional development, I feel this book is crucial to building the capacity of teachers, teacher leaders, team facilitators, and principals."
"In light of recent research indicating that very few teacher teams are actually effective, this book seeks to reverse the trend. By developing a framework for effective teacher teams that includes five criteria—leadership, task focus, collaborative climate, structure and process, and personal accountability—Troen and Boles provide school leaders with the tools needed to navigate this relatively new terrain and to make effective teacher teams a reality."