PLC Structures and Effective Teams

Structure of Collaborative Teams

KEY TO IMPROVED RESULTS
“Powerful, proven structures for improved

results already exist. They begin when a group of teachers meet regularly as a team to identify essential and valued student learning, develop common formative assessments, analyze current levels of achievement, set achievement goals, and then share and create lessons and strategies to improve upon those levels.”
Mike Schmoker, 2005

Grade Level/ I nterdiscipline Tea

What makes a team effective?

Collaboration Collaboration Collaboration!

What is Collaboration?
Collaboration is a systematic process in which we work together, interdependently, as a team to analyze and impact professional practice in order to improve our individual and collective results

If we are to build collaborative cultures by developing the capacity of staff to work together as members of high-performing collaborative teams, we must be clear on what we mean by “team”.

Are you a Working Group or a TEAM ?Teams Working Group
Strong, clear focused leader Individual accountability The group’s purpose is the same as the broader organizational mission Individual work products Runs efficient meetings Shared leadership roles Individual and mutual accountability Specific team purpose that the team itself delivers Collective work products Encourages open-ended discussion and active problem-solving meetings

Measures its effectiveness Measures performance indirectly by its influence on directly by assessing collect others (e.g.. Student learning work products goals) Discusses, decides, delegates Discusses, decides, does real work together

Effective Teams Must Have
Team norms that guide collaboration Collaboration embedded in routine practices Time for collaboration built in school day and school calendar Products of collaboration Teams focused on key questions Specific and measurable performance goals Access to relevant information Decision making models Conflict resolution strategies Effective listening techniques

Effective Teams Must Have
Team norms that guide collaboration Collaboration embedded in routine practices Time for collaboration built in school day and school calendar Products of collaboration Teams focused on key questions Specific and measurable performance goals Access to relevant information Decision making models Conflict resolution strategies Effective listening techniques

Establishing Norms
Process and Learning

Norms which address how the people in the team will work together

Norms that address how the meeting should run

Norms of High Performing Teams
• Willingness to consider matters from another’s perspective • Accurate understanding of spoken and unspoken feelings and concerns of team members • Willingness to confront a team member who violates norms • Communicating positive regard, caring, and respect • Willingness and ability to evaluate the team’s own effectiveness • Seeking feedback about and evidence of team effectiveness from internal and external sources • Maintaining a positive outlook and attitude • Proactive Problem-solving • Awareness of how to group contributes to the purpose and goals of the larger organization.
Coleman

Tips for Team Norms
• Each team establishes own norms • Norms are stated as commitments to act/behave in certain ways • Norms are reviewed at the beginning and end of each meeting until internalized • Norms requires teams to assess its effectiveness every six months. This assessment should include review of adherence to norms and the need to identify new norms • Less is more. A few key norms are better than a laundry list • Violations of norms must be addressed

Effective Teams Must Have
Team norms that guide collaboration Collaboration embedded in routine practices Time for collaboration built in school day and school calendar Products of collaboration Teams focused on key questions Specific and measurable performance goals Access to relevant information Decision making models Conflict resolution strategies Effective listening techniques

Where do we find TIME for Collaboration
•District •School •Resource Section in Coaches Book •Handout

Effective Teams Must Have
Team norms that guide collaboration Collaboration embedded in routine practices Time for collaboration built in school day and school calendar Products of collaboration Teams focused on key questions Specific and measurable performance goals Access to relevant information Decision making models Conflict resolution strategies Effective listening techniques

PLC Sample Template Binder

Team Feedback Sheet Team: ____________________________ Date: __________________ Team SMART Goal (s) ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Team Members Present: Team Members Absent (Include reason for absences) ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Meeting Topics/Products/Outcomes: ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Questions/Concerns from Team: ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Meeting Minutes Group: Date: Members Present: _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ __

Item

Topic

Discussion

Follow-Up

Decisions

Collaborative Team – Checklist (Every 6 weeks) This sheet should be attached to your assessment, analyzed data, and student samples…then turned into the leadership team. COMMON ASSESSMENTS DATE ACHIEVED A. DEVELOPED _________________ Alignment (WHAT DO WE WANT STUDENTS TO LEARN?) Aligned with Mission/Vision? _________________ Aligned with Grade Level Expectations/MAP Standards? _________________ Aligned with Curricular Map _________________ Aligned with Course Objectives _________________ Aligned with Building Improvement Plan _________________ B. ADMINISTERED _________________ (HOW DO WE KNOW IF THEY HAVE LEARNED IT?) C. DATA ANALYSIS _________________ D. REVIEW OF STUDENT WORK _________________ (WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IF THEY DO NOT LEARN IT?) E. INSTRUCTION DISCUSSED/SHARED _________________ F. LIST STRATEGIES DISCUSSED FOR UNSUCCESSFUL STUDENTS _________________ 1) Areas of concern:

What is your Current Reality?
• The Leadership Team is established. • Grade Level/Content is established. • Vertical Teams are identified.
– Norms have been set. – Meeting date and times are set and embedded during the contact day.

Team Discussion
Use the Team Planning Sheet to plan Collaborative Teams next steps • Have all of your teams established their norms? • Do your teams have collaboration time during contracted time? • What products should your teams have to function more effectively?

Effective Teams Must Have
Team norms that guide collaboration Collaboration is embedded in routine practices Time for collaboration built in school day and school calendar Products of collaboration Teams focused on key questions Specific and measurable performance goals Access to relevant information Decision making models Conflict resolution strategies Effective listening techniques

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