Develop Impact Teams through the Model Team Approach!
This model starts with two foundational workshop days, followed by four job-embedded coaching sessions. These use a gradual release of responsibility from the Impact Team coach to the trained peer facilitator.
This coach will ensure your team members will gain the skills and expertise to train peers in using the team and classroom protocols, ensuring sustainable growth from within.
The Model Teams Approach to developing Impact Teams is based on the old-school wisdom of “start small to go far” and requires three ingredients:
- Collective leadership: The principal and the leadership team’s active involvement in promoting and participating in the learning process
- A team (or two) willing to learn—to try it on for size
- A belief in the power of the formative assessment process to strengthen student efficacy
Using the Model Teams Approach, school leadership can develop collaborative expertise to build capacity across the school in 4 to 6 months. Teams will learn to:
- Facilitate an effective team meeting;
- Use protocols to guide collaborative inquiry;
- Determine quality evidence to understand impact;
- Analyse quality evidence
- Agree upon collective actions that have high impact.
By starting small, with one or two model Impact Teams, and developing leadership and facilitation skills in the process, abundant support is provided, missteps are welcomed, feedback flows, and collaborative practices are enhanced. Model Teams serve as a viable resource to move the practice out to other teams in the school. Some clients have termed this practice “Adopt-a-Team.”
In short, the Model Teams Approach makes all-school change doable from within and sustained high-impact collaboration an embedded school practice.