Impact Teams create the culture and conditions for every teacher every day to answer the question: "What is my impact?" The Impact Teams model is a strengths-based approach that helps teacher teams:
Operationalize the highest influences on student learning by focusing on critical learning goals, analyzing evidence, and taking collective action
Partner with students to strengthen student ownership of learning and develop assessment-capable learners
Engage students in self and peer assessment by embedding formative assessment into the classroom
Build a culture of efficacy based on strengths, trust, collaboration, and the use of practical, easy-to-implement protocols
The Model Team Approach strengthens teacher leadership by developing peer facilitators. Schools will focus first on developing 2-3 Impact Teams that will serve as models for other teams. This approach builds the expertise of teams to:
This model starts with 1-2 customized foundation days, followed by four job-embedded coaching sessions using a gradual release of responsibility from the Impact Team coach to the trained peer facilitator. Team members will gain the skills and expertise to train peers in using the team and classroom protocols, ensuring sustainable growth from within.
By starting small, with two Impact Teams, and developing leadership and facilitation skills in the process, abundant support is provided, missteps are welcomed, feedback flows, and collaborative practices are enhanced. Model Teams serve as a viable resource to move the practice out to other teams in the school.
If we have learned anything from the past two decades of school reform, it is that trying to do all-school change in one fell swoop is risky business. Most changes fail to stick because of the following reasons: