What it means: Build team spirit and help your team collaborate productively to achieve your common goal of teaching and learning excellence.
Building team cohesion includes planning, communicating, executing, and improving the following actions:
- Build relationships
- Address challenges
- Celebrate successes
Tools—For Multi-Classroom Leaders & Other Instructional Teacher-Leaders
- Multi-Classroom Leader Action Planner (Word)—to see each season in its own document, click on the following links: Summer; Fall; Winter; Spring
- Priority Dashboard (Excel)
Videos—For Multi-Classroom Leaders & Other Instructional Teacher-Leaders
Follow Through on Promises to Build Team Trust
Extensive communication and follow-through help MCL Hadley Moore build a strong team.
Build Trust with Simple Supports, Bite-Sized Feedback
To build a strong team, provide strong support as the leader, MCL Lauren Woodworth says.
Get to Know One Another to Build Trust and Speak Openly
Do simple things from the start to build relationships and show an expectation for openness from a teaching team, MCL Stacie Bunn says.
Set Norms and Understand Individual Styles
MCL Bri Waddell discusses how she adapts to her teaching team members’ styles for collaborating, and how the team sets norms for collaboration.
Focus Collaboration Time by Planning Lessons
When MCLs plan lessons for the team, teachers can focus on practicing and delivering lessons, MCL Okema Owens Simpson says.
Create Lesson Plans to Improve Team’s Teaching
Create team’s lesson plans, then set routines for reviewing and practicing delivery of instruction, MCL Molly Whelan says.
Guide Team to Address Internal Challenges
As a teaching team leader, MCL Kristin Cubbage has learned she needs to let the team resolve conflicts on their own.
Build Teacher Trust Through Frequent Contact
Coaching teachers requires frequent, in-person contact to form a relationship that enables successful leadership, MCL Frank Zaremba says.
Listen, Share, and Celebrate
MCL Molly Whelan offers a few simple ways to celebrate successes of team members and build confidence.
Build Trust For Follow-Through Success
Build trust with team teachers so they follow through on your feedback, MCL Bobby Miles says.
Videos—For Principals & Multi-School Leaders
Collaborate with Leadership Team
Value the knowledge of those on the instructional leadership team in making decisions, Principal Jigna Patel says.
Be Transparent with Teachers
Principal Janet Moss uses a quarterly “state of the school” address to keep her staff informed
Address Challenges Directly
Even when it feels uncomfortable or takes time to come to a resolution, address challenges on a leadership team directly and collaboratively, Principal Phillip Steffes says.
Personalize Approach to Teachers’ Challenges
Principal Michelle McVicker customizes the support she gives to multi-classroom leaders (MCLs), as they should customize for their teams.
- Does your team have clear norms for how people collaborate to achieve your goals? If not, what needs to change?
- Does your team understand how people’s styles may work in team meetings and how to use that to make great decisions, rather than slow or bad decisions? If not, what needs to change?
- Does your team celebrate successes? If not, what needs to change?
- Does your team routinely adjust actions to improve? If not, what needs to change?
- Make a brief action plan with specific goals, roles, and time by which you will make specific changes!
- Did your changes produce better learning results? If so, keep them. If not, think again about what other changes to make!
See these printable study guides with discussion questions and real examples from educators:
- For Multi-Classroom Leaders—Key Element of Instructional Excellence: Build Team Cohesion (PDF)
- For Principals—Key Element of Instructional Excellence: Build Team Cohesion (PDF)
- Session 3.2 of Multi-Classroom Leader Training: Building Effective Working Relationships
- Session 4.1 of Multi-Classroom Leader Training: Collaborative Team Building
- Session 6.1 of Multi-Classroom Leader Training: Maintaining a Successful Team
- Session 7.1 of Multi-Classroom Leader Training: Management 360
Reminder! See Modules in Launch and Lead. Review any that still need work midyear.
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