"When teachers engage in high-level instructional talk and have the opportunity to improve practice collaboratively and in concrete forms, they develop team loyalty, trust, and feelings of responsibility and accountability for each other and for all the team’s students. The result is improved teaching and learning.” — Katherine C. Boles, Faculty Co-Chair
The Transformative Power of Teacher Teams
Discover strategies to “power-up" teacher teams to get better results for students.
While most schools have structures for teachers to work together—such as grade-levels team or subject-area departments—these groups don’t always have the impact on student learning that they could. Educators need specific skills to participate in meaningful discussion about curriculum and instruction, make decisions about resources, and recognize when change is happening (and when it isn’t).
The Transformative Power of Teacher Teams—a program especially designed for teacher teams, coaches, and school leaders—provides concrete strategies for leading more meaningful, impactful teams. Principals learn how to energize teams by generating buy-in and directing resources toward collaboration. Coaches and other instructional leaders learn how to partner with teachers to plan and assess instructional improvement. Teachers learn how to bolster the work of their colleagues as collaborators and peer facilitators.
This three-day program introduces the five conditions of effective teacher teams, using real-world case studies to illuminate strategies for strengthening teams. New and more established teams will have a chance to assess their own collaborative habits, learn from other educators, discover more powerful collaborative strategies, and practice a step-by-step process for implementing teacher rounds as a strategy for building a stronger professional culture.
- Explore concrete structures and processes to build effective teacher teams
- Learn to establish norms that facilitate rich dialogue about instruction
- Learn to facilitate conversations where members stay focused and practice personal accountability
- Explore the importance of goal setting and ongoing assessment
- Understand the roles of the principal and of teacher leaders in creating stronger teams
Who Should Attend
- Attendees must enroll as a team of three or more people
- An ideal team would be composed of three or more teachers, along with their principal
- We also encourage district-wide teams to apply, as well as teams of college faculty (particularly from schools of education), and teams from organizations that support teachers
Director of the education consultancy, The Power of Teacher Learning
Vivian Troen is the faculty co-chair of the Transformative Power of Teacher Teams
Fees & Policies
The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials and refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction. Payment or a purchase order must be received within 30 days of program acceptance, or upon receipt of the invoice if acceptance is within 30 days prior to the start of the program. Click here for more information on payment and financial aid.
Please click here for more information on our on-campus and online refund and withdrawal policies.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.