The Power of Teacher Teams: With Cases, Analyses, and Strategies for Success [With CDROM and DVD]

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This book's companion DVD features richly detailed video case studies that outline concrete steps for developing effective teams that transform schools into learning communities.

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Overview

This book's companion DVD features richly detailed video case studies that outline concrete steps for developing effective teams that transform schools into learning communities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412991339
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 415,255
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

VIVIAN TROEN and KATHERINE C. BOLES

Considered authorities on the subjects of teacher education, teacher leadership, and professional development schools, Troen and Boles deliver workshops on Teacher Teams and Teacher Leadership, speak at conferences and seminars, and regularly consult to schools and school districts in the United States and internationally. As classroom teachers, they founded one of the nation’s first professional development schools to link colleges and public schools in partnerships for the preservice education of teachers as well as the ongoing professional development of veteran teachers.

They are the authors of Who’s Teaching Your Children: Why The Teacher Crisis is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About It (Yale University Press, 2003) as well as numerous articles and book chapters on teachers and teaching. Most recently they have joined national leaders of professional organizations of educators, state education agencies and universities in the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium, convened by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to develop model national standards for teacher leadership.

Troen co-directs the Induction Partnership Initiative at Brandeis University, guiding schools in developing the capacity to support new teachers. She also leads school administrators in regularly scheduled online, networked seminars investigating a wide range of issues surrounding induction practices and professional development for new and experienced teachers.

VIVIAN TROEN and KATHERINE C. BOLES

Considered authorities on the subjects of teacher education, teacher leadership, and professional development schools, Troen and Boles deliver workshops on Teacher Teams and Teacher Leadership, speak at conferences and seminars, and regularly consult to schools and school districts in the United States and internationally. As classroom teachers, they founded one of the nation’s first professional development schools to link colleges and public schools in partnerships for the preservice education of teachers as well as the ongoing professional development of veteran teachers.

They are the authors of Who’s Teaching Your Children: Why The Teacher Crisis is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About It (Yale University Press, 2003) as well as numerous articles and book chapters on teachers and teaching. Most recently they have joined national leaders of professional organizations of educators, state education agencies and universities in the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium, convened by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to develop model national standards for teacher leadership.

Boles is a Senior Lecturer on Education and Faculty Director of the Learning and Teaching Masters Degree Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her doctorate from Harvard, and her courses examine the latest research on school reform, teacher education, teacher teams, and new forms of teacher leadership.

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Table of Contents

Photo Credits ix

List of Figures xi

Foreword xv

Acknowledgments xix

About the Authors xxiii

1 Read This First 1

Our Shared Legacy 1

A Culture of Isolation and Egalitarianism 4

The Move Toward Collaboration 4

2 Get Ready For Better Teams 7

Why Teacher Teams? 7

Why This Book? 8

Why Cases? 9

It Isn't Extra Work, It's The Work 10

3 What Makes A Good Team, What Makes A Team Good? 11

Why Teams (Typically) Fail 11

The Complexities of Collaboration Are Untaught 12

Effective Teacher Leadership Is Missing 12

The Need for Expertise Is Ignored or Misunderstood 13

Pitfalls Are Unrecognized or Poorly Addressed 13

Team Members Give Up When They Don't Get Along 14

There Are No Consequences for Poor (Individual or Team) Performance 14

The Five Conditions of Effective Teacher Teams 15

Task Focus 16

Leadership 16

Collaborative Climate 16

Personal Accountability 17

Structures and Processes 17

Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk: Connecting Curriculum and Instruction 18

The Importance of Instructional Talk 19

Connecting Instructional Talk to Classroom Planning and Practice 20

Promoting Accountability Through Instructional Talk 21

Using Team Meetings to Improve Instructional Practice 22

4 Instructional Leadership: Principals And Teacher Leaders 25

Throw Out Your Old Org. Chart 25

The Principal as Instructional Leader 26

The Principal Articulates a Vision for the School 27

The Principal Emphasizes the Importance of Collaboration 27

The Principal Actively Engages in Team Development 27

Team-Building Tips for Principals 28

Teacher Leadership 29

What's a Teacher Leader? 29

Teacher Leaders in a Team Context 30

Inside-Outside: Teacher Leaders and Team Leaders 31

This Could Be the Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship 34

5 Team Development And Strategies For Success 35

We Have to Stop Meeting Like This! 35

Establish Team Norms 36

Appoint Specific Roles to Team Members 37

Acknowledge Team-Meeting "Sore Spots" and Take Steps to Avoid or Cure Them 38

Learn by Example 42

Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew 42

Tips and Tools for Maintenance, Survival, and Success 43

I Improve Your Team's Communication Skills 43

II Tine-Tune Your Team's Effectiveness 45

III Move Your Team to Its Next Stage of Development 53

IV Get Your New Principal on Board 59

V Connect Your Team With Your School 61

VI Leverage Your "What I Know Now" 62

6 Teaching Cases 65

Cases and Guides to Analysis 65

What the Cases Are About 66

Case Themes 68

Video Cases and Their Guides to Analysis 68

What the Video Cases Are About 70

Okay, One Last Word 71

Cases 73

Case 1 The Neutral Zone: Handling Interpersonal Dynamics on Teams 74

Case 2 Surface Collaboration or Dynamic Interdependence? 90

Case 3 Can't Follow the Leader 111

Case 4 Good Intentions Aren't Enough 126

Case 5 A Principal's Dilemma: The Challenge of Change 146

Case 6 How Far We've Come 163

Case 7 A Vague Destination, No Compass or Map 181

Case 8 The Team That's "Practically Beloved" 194

References 213

Index 219

On Companion CD-ROM

Cases

Case 9 Is It "Take Us to Our Leader" or "We Can Do It Ourselves"?

Case 10 Managing From the Middle

On Companion DVD

Video Cases

Video Case 1 A 3rd-Grade Team Meets to Examine Student Work

Video Case 2 A 5th-Grade Team Meets to Follow Up on a Professional Development Workshop

Video Case 3 A 9th-Grade Physics Team Meets to Plan Interventions for Underperforming Students

Video Case 4 A High School History Department Meets to Develop Consistent Grading Criteria

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