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Improving Outcomes Through Teaming

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Effective School Leadership
Rigorous instruction is the goal of helping students develop the capacity to understand content that is complex, ambiguous, provocative and personally or emotionally challenging. It holds to the beliefs that all learners should be challenged in order to achieve college and career readiness. Teacher Teams collaborate in their efforts to close achievement gaps and create opportunities for success and educational equity.
Collaborative Teachers
This element directs our attention to a school’s ability to recruit and retain capable staff, the efficacy of performance feedback and professional development, and the social resources within a staff to work together to solve. This element directs our attention to a school’s ability to recruit and retain capable staff, the efficacy of performance feedback and professional development, and the social resources within a staff to work together to solve local problems.” 5 – Dr. Anthony Bryk

Strong Family & Community Ties
“Through active outreach efforts, staff members seek to make the school a more hospitable and welcoming environment for parents and strengthen the connections to other local institutions concerned with the care and well being of children and their families.”6 – Dr. Anthony Bryk
The Impact Of Collaboration
“At the most basic level, relational trust is grounded in social respect. Key in this regard are the conversations that occur within a school community. Respectful exchanges are marked by a genuine sense of listening to what each person has to say, and in some fashion taking this into account in subsequent actions. Even when people disagree, individuals feel that the value of their opinion has been recognized. Such social exchanges foster a sense of connectedness among participants and promote affiliation with the larger institutional context.” 7 – Dr. Anthony Bryk
The Path To Student Success
The key to building a strong school, with a highly effective staff, achieving students and involved parents is collaboration. This effort improves student outcomes. Components that facilitate this ideology include:

^ A coherent instructional guidance system, in which curriculum and assessment were coordinated within and across grades with meaningful teacher involvement.
^ An effective system to improve professional capacity by providing ongoing support and guidance for teachers, including opening teachers' classroom work for examination by colleagues and external consultants.
^ Strong ties among school personnel, parents, and community service providers, with an integrated support network for students.
^ A student-centered learning climate that identified and responded to problems individual students were experiencing.
^ Leadership focused on cultivating teachers, parents, and community members so that they became invested in sharing responsibility for the school's improvement.
The Framework For Great Schools
Premise and Promise
The primary goal of the Framework for Great Schools lies in it's center, Student Achievement. All students can be brought to higher levels and succeed with these elements of student support: instructional support, teacher guidance and student centered learning. In conjunction with these elements, effective leadership, and strong parent-community collaboration are also needed to make the circle complete. Trust is the outer layer that ties them all together. Each of these six components plays an important part in supporting schools and student growth.
Improving Outcomes Through Teaming
A District 29 Collaboration
District 29 Schools
P.S. 95Q

Student Achievement
Teams are Essential to School’s Success

Lead and Inspire Teacher Teams

Strategies for Schools New to Teaming

Strategies for Extending Teaming with Experienced Teachers

Strategies That Promote Trust
Strategy 1
Teams are Essential to School’s Success

Forging relationships and developing trust increases productivity.

Teams develop a shared responsibility towards staff members, students and
parent with the common goal of student improvement and success while
staying to the school’s mission, vision and values.

Collaborative efforts between staff members and teachers improve the quality of relationships within schools.

Teams demonstrate a commitment to follow through, involve staff in decision making and facilitate a model of effective communication.

Strategy 2
Lead and Inspire Teacher Teams

Administration should enable teacher teams time to build supportive open relationships where they can systematically analyze key elements of teacher work, assessment data and student work.

Provide teachers with a variety of Professional Learning opportunities that enhance teacher practice and knowledge

Practice shared leadership working together to develop programming, establish rules for students, and support the diverse needs of all learners

Teams demonstrate a commitment to follow through, involve staff in decision making and facilitate a model of effective communication.

Strategy 3
Strategies for Schools New to Teaming

Begin with a core team of your strongest members that can help facilitate and teach the protocols that should be utilized within the team. These leaders can help develop and establish other teams.

Create a unified set of high expectations for all students.
Engage regularly in reflection and refinement of practice. Have teachers provide effective feedback and guidance/advisement to ensure that students own their educational experience and are prepared for the next level.

Create an atmosphere where school leaders are consistently communicating high expectations to the entire staff and provide ongoing training which results in a culture of mutual
accountability for those expectations.

Strategy 4
Strategies for Extending Teaming with Experienced Teachers

Create vertical teams that will focus on the need to achieve using grade progressions

Create instructional teams that focus on the need of the school and support grade specific needs

Create professional learning groups of teachers who have expressed their want to learn about specific content

Distribute leadership structures within the school building so that teachers play an integral role in key decisions that affect student learning across the school.
Supportive Environment
Rigorous Instruction
Rigorous Instruction Strategies
The Role of Teacher Teams in a Unit of Study
Refine and Adjust Curriculum
Refine and Adjust Instruction

Strategy 1
The Role of Teacher Teams in a Unit of Study

Teams create rigorous and higher order academic tasks with multiple entry points that meet the needs of all students including ENL, SWD, G&T, etc.

Teams set goals, create essential questions and determine the skills and strategies to be taught throughout the unit.

Teachers will use or create assessments, rubrics, and grading policies that are aligned with the school’s curricula and offer a clear portrait of student mastery.

Teachers consistently reflect and refine their practices and instructional strategies and make effective adjustments to meet all student’s learning needs.

Teams use common assessments to create a clear picture of student progress towards goals across grades and subjects.

Strategy 2
Refine and Adjust Curriculum

Teacher teams participate regularly in the inquiry process to analyze student work. They use their findings to modify and drive instruction.

Following a specific set of protocols teacher teams use their inquiry findings to refine and adjust curriculum regularly to meet the needs of their specific students.

Resources such as text sources, technology, anchor charts, benchmark pieces etc. are continuously added to the curriculum giving all students the opportunity to reach their goals

Teams use the CCLS, and Charlotte Danielson’s Framework to help refine and adjust curriculum as needed.

Strategy 3
Refine and Adjust Instruction

After completing the inquiry process and analyzing the data, the team collaborates on ideas for lesson successes, adjustments and refinements to instructional practices.

Clear and focused grade level goals as well as action plans are developed to track student learning and social emotional growth.

Teams analyze teacher practice across classrooms, and modify instruction to improve student learning and close the achievement gap.

Additional resources will be gathered and utilized to provide effective action planning at the school level to reform data driven needs assessments.

Additional resources will be gathered by the team to provide student support.

Resources for Instruction


Access in the Teacher Development and Evaluation Tile
^Knowing the Framework for Teaching

Common Core Standards

Common Core Library

Collaborative Teachers Strategies
Types of Teams
Monitor and Support Teams
Dig Into the Data
Connect Data to Teacher Practice

Strong Family - Community Ties - Strategies

Sharing Student Growth with Families
Partnerships with Parents
Partnerships with the Community
Creating a Welcoming Environment for All Stakeholders

“All adults in a school community forge a climate that enables students to think of themselves as learners. At a minimum, improving schools establish a safe and orderly environment—the most basic prerequisite for learning. They endorse ambitious academic work coupled with support for each student. The combination allows students to believe in themselves, to persist, and ultimately to achieve.” 4 – Dr. Anthony Bryk
Supportive Environment Strategies
Teacher Teams Support the Academic, Social and Emotional Growth of All Students
Student Work Protocols Support Diverse Learners
Collaborative Planning that Supports Student-Centered Learning Environments
Classroom Environments that Support All Learners

Important research based factors that help close the achievement gap
Studies prove that the main factor that can create student achievement is a skillful, knowledgeable, effective teacher.

Successful schools stress a collaborative sharing of best practices. This practice helps improve the pedagogical practices of teachers, which supports positive student outcomes.

Teacher preparation is another strong predictor of student achievement. Teams that collaborate systematically mentor teachers new to the system, help teachers prepare lessons, modify curriculum to meet the needs of students, collect and analyze data, study the impact of student performance and impact on teacher practice.
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