Achievement Teams Plus

 

This two-day seminar will help participants determine actions to empower teaching and leadership teams through disciplined collaboration.

Achievement Teams is an experiential, collaborative framework that focuses on collective teacher efficacy. All of the components of an Achievement Team are intentionally aligned to those teacher and leadership profiles that have the greatest impact on student achievement. 

The process provides a structure for teachers to specifically identify areas of student need and collaboratively decide on the best instructional approach in response to those needs. Achievement Teams is about having real conversations that impact students, not just a discussion about standards and test scores. This means that we can create truly professional teams of educators who continuously reflect on and improve their practice. 

Collective Teacher Efficacy and Achievement Teams

Collective teacher efficacy is the overall belief that teachers can have a greater influence on student achievement when they combine their collective efforts. It is a construct that focuses on a shared belief by faculty that together they can positively affect the lives of the students they serve. It simply means that we can be effective, and when we are, it boosts our self-efficacy! Hoy, and Hoy (2000) define this as “the perceptions of teachers in a school that the efforts of the faculty as a whole will have a positive effect on students,” believing that “teachers in this school can get through to the most difficult students.”

Achievement Teams are about people, not programs. They promote disciplined collaboration to improve teaching, learning, and leadership. We believe that Achievement Teams must be focused on appropriating new knowledge about teaching and learning rather than simply maintaining existing knowledge, especially between pre/post assessments. This means that teams follow protocols consistently while challenging current thinking and practice.

By using the Achievement Teams framework, teams identify specific, measurable performance goals and select strategies for improving student outcomes. Teacher collaboration, sharing master experiences, and collectively solving gaps in achievement is the most practical and feasible approach an organization can take to ensure continuous improvement. 

Achievement teams are all about collective impact, with an emphasis on improving instruction. When the 5-step protocol is embedded in school practice, teams will have a greater impact on teaching, learning, and leadership. Ultimately, a commitment to collaborate means achievement for all students.

Learn the Achievement Team protocol and increase collaboration throughout your organization.

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Achievement Team Certification: Build Internal Capacity and Collective Efficacy

This powerful three-day certification will transform the way teaching and leadership teams function and communicate. By training your own cadre of facilitators through the Achievement Team Certification process, your organization (school or district) will immediately be able to build internal capacity while doubling your ability to raise student achievement. 

Resources include:

  • training manual(s) and handouts
  • access to a clients only website containing presentation materials and supporting documents
  • continued monthly support
  • free webinars
  • optional follow-up coaching session (after 30-60 days of certification-additional fee required) 

Led by nationally recognized professional development consultant Steve Ventura (Author/Consultant-Corwin Professional Learning, founder of Advanced Collaborative Solutions), attendees will be engaged in authentic, performance-based tasks designed to deepen their ability to learn content and sharpen facilitation skills. As each step of the training unfolds, participants receive immediate feedback on content delivery, coaching, adult learning modalities, and a multitude of implementation strategies. 

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References

Goddard, R. D., Hoy, W. K., & Woolfolk Hoy, A. (2000). Collective efficacy: Its meaning, measure, and impact on student achievement. American Educational Research Journal, 37, 479-507.

Joyce, B., and B. Showers. (1995). Student Achievement Through Staff Development: Fundamentals of School Renewal. 2nd ed. White Plains, N.Y.: Longman.