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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

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January 2012 | 248 pages | Corwin
When teachers work in successful teams, they have an opportunity to observe each other at work in order to improve their own practice. They can get group assistance with problem-solving; together they can examine student work, address issues of classroom management, learn a new curriculum, provide support for new teachers, and give veteran teachers roles as mentors. What teachers are unable to accomplish alone, or only with great difficulty, they can accomplish more successfully in a team.The Transformative Power of Teacher Teams is designed specifically for teachers and administrators, in their specific context, to enable them to develop their own unique teacher-teams that will directly improve both teaching practice and student learning. Further, the book fulfills the promise inherent in its title û it demonstrates not only how effective teams can transform the practice of teaching, but also how its model of teacher collaboration can transform the culture of schools into communities of learning that foster and value teacher leadership.
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

"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."

Barbara Crock, Founding Principal
University of Chicago Charter School, Woodlawn, IL

"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."

Gerardo J. Martinez, Principal
Edward Devotion School, Brookline, MA

"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."

Christine M. Johns, Superintendent
Utica Community Schools, Michigan

"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."

Irvin Scott, Chief Academic Officer
Boston Public Schools, MA

"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."

Marguerite Izzo, Language Arts Teacher, New York State Teacher of the Year - 2007
Howard T. Herber Middle School, Malverne , NY

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Chapter 1: Read This First

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ISBN: 9781412991339