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Foreword Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction 1. Defining Impact Teams The What: Refocusing PLCs The Why: The Power of Efficacy The How: The Steps to Success 2. Building a Culture of Efficacy The What: The Four Sources of Efficacy The Why: Research and Reasons The How: Planning for Efficacy Nutshell Check-In 3. Teaming to Learn The What: Teaming to Learn The Why: Research and Reasons The How: Architecture of The Impact Team Model The Learning Network The Process: Eight Purposeful Protocols The Structure Nutshell Check-In 4. Strengthening Student Efficacy: The Formative Assessment Process in Action The What: Formative Assessment Process Unpacked The Why: Research and Reasons The How: Three Purposeful Protocols Evidence * Anaylsis * Action (EAA) in the Classroom Lesson Study Protocol Lesson Study in Action Microteaching Protocol Microteaching in Action Nutshell Check-In 5. Equitable, Viable, and Coherent Curriculum: Creating Context for Efficacy The What: Equity, Viability, and Coherence The Why: Research and Reasons The How: Six Steps Unpacking for Success in Action Calibration in Action Nutshell Check-In 6. Evidence to Inform and Act The What: Quality Evidence The Why: Research and Reasons The How: Four Purposeful Protocols EAA Team Meeting Protocol Check-In and Case Study Evidence Walk Nutshell Check-In 7. Leading Model Teams The What: Leading for Change The Why: Research and Reasons The How: The Model Teams Approach Nutshell Check-In Case Study Appendices Appendix A- Purposeful Protocols EAA Impact Team Meeting Protocol Check-In and Case Study Protocol Lesson Study Protocol Microteaching Protocol Calibration Protocol Evidence Walks Protocol Unpacking for Success Protocol Evidence * Analysis * Action Classroom Protocol Ladder of Feedback Classroom Protocol Planning Frames for Student Peer Review Appendix B- Math Unpacking Example Appendix C- Formative Assessment Examples Claim * Evidence * Reasoning (CER) Linear Equations Example Constructing Viable Arguments in Mathematics Reading Anchor 2 * Informative Story Retelling Rubric (RL.1.2) BEAST World History Writing Rubric U.S. History-Analysis of a Political Cartoon-Student Growth Rubric-Aligned to CCSS Literacy Standards Appendix D- Evidence * Analysis * Action (Team Meeting) Resources Appendix E- Impact Team Cycles Appendix F- Impact Teams Pre-Assessment Appendix G- Team Trust Survey Appendix H- Impact Teams Implementation Rubrics References and Further Reading Index

About the Author

Dr. Paul Bloomberg is the founder and Chief Learning Officer for the Core Collaborative, a professional learning network that specializes in student-centered approaches to learn-ing. Paul is a national Author Consultant for Corwin Press and is a North American Visible Learning consultant for John Hattie. In addition, Paul serves on the advisory board for Spiire, a network made up of individuals, coaches and thought leaders committed to growing the potential of LGBTQI community. Prior to founding The Core Collaborative, he was the former director of TIDES (Transformative Inquiry Design for Effective Schools &Systems), a nonprofit in San Diego focusing on inquiry-based learning. Paul is a former principal and instructional leader and has directly supported multiple, successful school turn-around and school innovation efforts nationally. Paul also served as a Distinguished Professional Development Associate for the Leadership &Learning Center, founded by Douglas Reeves. Paul's passion is partnering with professional learning teams and sys-tems in an effort to empower ALL students to take ownership of their learning. He is deeply committed to enhancing student success and believes that we all share in the responsibility for equity and diversity. Barb Pitchford is a national consultant focusing on leadership for school improvement. During her 30 plus years in public education, Barb has worked at all school levels - high, middle, and elementary - as a teacher, counselor, and administrator. For the past 10 years Barb has worked as a professional learning consultant specializing in powerful and practical leadership for improved learning for both students and teachers. Currently, Barb works with Corwin Press as a consultant teaching, coaching and consulting on John Hattie's Visible Learning work, Leading Impact Team, and is the Executive Director of Professional Learning and co-founder of The Core Collaborative. Barb's passion is supporting schools to use their greatest resource - their teachers, to build knowledge, skills, and confidence to ensure success for both students and teachers. Based on research around collaboration and formative assessment, Barb specializes in developing Impact Teams to improve teacher expertise and increase student achievement.


"Leading Impact Teams offers a great blend of rationale, research, and doable application. Effectively organized in a recurring format that includes the what, why, and how of the topic in focus, each chapter concludes with a nutshell summary, a check-in reader assessment and related implementation activity, along with teacher-voice tips and testimonials in print and video formats. What's unique and noteworthy in this book is its powerful set of collaborative protocols focused on evidence, analysis, and action that puts students at the center of the teaching and learning process. This clearly reflects the authors' stated ultimate goal: 'for students to be able to independently assess their own learning.'" -- Larry Ainsworth, Author of Common Formative Assessments 2.0: How Teacher Teams Intentionally Align Standards, Instruction, and Assessments
"At its compelling core Leading Impact Teams is about intentionally creating, growing, and nurturing interdependent systems of support and collaboration. This message is more critical than ever given need to fundamentally rethink how we approach education in support of student centered approaches. Leading Impact Teams offers one of the most thoughtful, powerful, and purposeful books in a long time that holds the potential to both catalyze and transform educational systems. Through an immensely enjoyable read, Bloomberg and Pitchford provide an accessible and easy-to-follow roadmap to the complex journey of building efficacy and teams. This book is a must read for educators and policy makers who are committed to bringing out the best in systems, students, and communities." -- Alan J. Daly, Chair and Professor
"This will be a great book with which to implement "Impact Teams" in school districts! The ideas are easy to follow and teachers will be given strategies to use that will enhance student learning." -- Susan E. Schipper, Primary Grade Teacher

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