Achievement Teams Plus

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

There are a number of reasons why a teacher team is dysfunctional rather than effective. A primary reason is that the process is hurried and rarely thought out (Venables, 2011). Teams of educators have been given the title “Data Team” or “PLC” by a well intentioned principal or system level leader. The expectation is that teams jump into the work of PLCs (examining student work, short cycle assessments, looking at data, etc.). This rarely  happens, however, because there is no protocol. One of the critical factors necessary for PLCs to have a positive impact on student learning is to follow protocols consistently. Moreover, change directed improvement comes from creating new knowledge rather than simply appropriating existing knowledge.

Collective Teacher Efficacy and Achievement Teams

Some researchers have taken the concept of teacher efficacy to another level and developed a complementary construct called collective teacher efficacy. Goddard, 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,” with the faculty in general agreeing that “teachers in this school can get through to the most difficult students.” In the view of these researchers, “teachers’ shared beliefs shape the normative environment of schools ... [and] are an important aspect of the culture of the school.”

Achievement Teams are about people, not programs. They promote disciplined collaboration with the purpose of improving teaching, learning, and leadership. There must be an upside to collaboration. This means that teams identify specific, measurable performance goals and select strategies for improving performance. Teacher collaboration is the most practical and feasible approach an organization can take to ensure continuous improvement. This can only take place when teachers build relationships with other teachers that center on mutual trust (Joyce & Showers, 1995).

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

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Achievement Teams Certification: Build Internal Capacity

The Achievement Team Certification process is an experiential learning program designed to build capacity among partner organizations. This two + one day training permits participants to “master” the content, therefore becoming experienced Achievement Team facilitators. 

Once teams have received the prerequisite two day Achievement Team training, they become eligible for certification.

Resources include:

  • training manual(s) and handouts
  • a flash drive with with 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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