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Collaborative Teams That Transform Schools
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Collaborative Teams That Transform Schools

The Next Step in PLCs


The core of a professional learning community is the network of collaborative teams—the groups of teachers who work together to improve student learning. Collaborative teams have the potential to transform major aspects of teaching and learning. Learn how to transition from teachers who work in isolation to teachers who work in collaboration and from stakeholders who think in terms of my responsibility to stakeholders who think in terms of our responsibility.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an awareness of the research related to the concept of PLCs.
  • Explore the context that must surround the establishment and maintenance of collaborative teams.
  • Discover elements of curriculum work that provide focus for high-performing teams, such as identifying essential content, creating learning goals, and constructing proficiency scales.
  • Learn how to accurately measure the progression of student mastery of the essential content through a collaborative lens, including common assessment development.
  • Examine how high-performing collaborative teams plan for high-quality initial instruction.
  • Consider how to use assessment data for adjusting instruction to meet individual student needs.
  • Use continuing, job-embedded professional learning to increase individual and collective instructional competence.
  • Understand how to effectively lead and support the PLC process.

Recommended Participants

Classroom teachers, principals, assistant principals, instructional facilitators, and district leaders


Two days with optional multiple one-day individual sessions


Robert J. Marzano, Tammy Heflebower, Jan K. Hoegh, and Phil Warrick