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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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November 2011 | 248 pages | Corwin

How to successfully improve teaching and learning with teacher teams

While most educators believe working in teams is valuable, not all team efforts lead to instructional improvement. Through richly detailed case studies, The Power of Teacher Teams demonstrates how schools can transform their teams into more effective learning communities that foster teacher leadership. The benefits of successful teacher teams include:

  • Improved performance for both teachers and students
  • Meaningful professional development
  • Group adoption of a new curriculum
  • Shared insights into student work
  • Better classroom management
  • Support for new teachers
  • New roles for teacher leaders
  • Opportunities for mentor support

School leaders will find guidelines, methods, and concrete steps for building and sustaining effective teacher teams. Also included are one DVD with video case studies and one CD with reproducibles. The most important reason for building teacher teams is to enhance student learning through improved instruction—and that story is at the heart of this book.

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


"Troen and Boles give us a concrete image of how collective educational practice can be focused on the instructional core of schooling. Their portrait of teacher teams is an important contribution to our understanding of how teaching is learned and will be useful for both practice and analysis."

Magdalene Lampert, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

"The authors identify the real-life challenges of teaming and collaboration that teachers and principals face each and every day. They provide cases that describe the everyday experiences of working in teams, and then present tools that professionals will find extremely useful in aligning their efforts around improving student learning."

Jeff Ronnenberg, Superintendent
Spring Lake Park Schools District, MN

"As a director of professional development, I feel this book is crucial to building the capacity of teachers, teacher leaders, team facilitators, and principals."

Fernando Nuñez, Director of Professional Development
Isaac School District #5, Phoenix, AZ

"In light of recent research indicating that very few teacher teams are actually effective, this book seeks to reverse the trend. By developing a framework for effective teacher teams that includes five criteria—leadership, task focus, collaborative climate, structure and process, and personal accountability—Troen and Boles provide school leaders with the tools needed to navigate this relatively new terrain and to make effective teacher teams a reality."

ED Magazine, Summer 2012
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Key features

· A complete sourcebook on building and sustaining effective teacher teams.

· Includes a collection of richly-detailed teaching cases for collaborative analysis.

· Video case studies give teams opportunities to observe other teams in action and enable the teams to analyze the challenges and successes of team meetings.

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Read This First

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Paperback w/DVD & CD
ISBN: 9781412991339