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The Power of Teacher Teams

The Power of Teacher Teams
With Cases, Analyses, and Strategies for Success

Foreword by Richard F. Elmore, Includes a companion DVD with video case studies and CD-ROM with reproducibles and supplemental cases

© 2012 | 248 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with Learning Forward

How to successfully improve teaching and learning with teacher teams

While most educators believe working in teams is valuable, not all team efforts lead to instructional improvement. Through richly detailed case studies, The Power of Teacher Teams demonstrates how schools can transform their teams into more effective learning communities that foster teacher leadership. The benefits of successful teacher teams include:

  • Improved performance for both teachers and students
  • Meaningful professional development
  • Group adoption of a new curriculum
  • Shared insights into student work
  • Better classroom management
  • Support for new teachers
  • New roles for teacher leaders
  • Opportunities for mentor support

School leaders will find guidelines, methods, and concrete steps for building and sustaining effective teacher teams. Also included are one DVD with video case studies and one CD with reproducibles. The most important reason for building teacher teams is to enhance student learning through improved instruction—and that story is at the heart of this book.

Photo Credits
List of Figures
About the Authors
1. Read This First
2. Get Ready for Better Teams
3. What Makes a Good Team, What Makes a Team Good?
4. Instructional Leadership: Principals and Teacher Leaders
5. Team Development and Strategies for Success
6. Teaching Cases

"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."

Charlotte Danielson, Author and Educational Consultant
Princeton, NJ

"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."

Ann Lieberman, Senior Scholar
Stanford University, CA

“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.”

David Goldfarb, Principal
Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA

“This book is a must-read for any superintendent or school leader, and a guide for educatorswhether they are teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, or district staffon how to work together.”

Greg Baker, Superintendent
Bellingham Public Schools, WA

“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.”

Paul Reville, Secretary of Education
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Key features

· A complete sourcebook on building and sustaining effective teacher teams.

· Includes a collection of richly-detailed teaching cases for collaborative analysis.

· Video case studies give teams opportunities to observe other teams in action and enable the teams to analyze the challenges and successes of team meetings.

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Read This First

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ISBN: 9781412991339

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