Teacher Based Teams to Support Student Learning: The Ohio 5-Step Process
Understand the importance of becoming a learning organization and the role TBTs play Understand different configurations for TBTs Understand the non-negotiablesof TBTs Develop your infrastructure for implementing TBTs Preview online supports for TBTs Learning Intentions for Today
Think about your experience with teacher teams… • Grade level teams • Content area teams • Data teams • Department teams • Instructional teams • Project teams • Leadership teams • Administrative teams • Cross-role teacher teams
HO 1: Quick Write Activity Please respond to the prompts and be prepared to share your thoughts. • “The goal in Ohio is for collaborative teams at the district, building and classroom levels to operate at a high level of effectiveness”. Give examples of how teams are collaborating in your building and describe a typical meeting (who, what, when, where, agenda). • Now, respond to these statements: 1)“Teachers working together rather than in isolation improves classroom instruction” and 2) “Using data across the system results in improved student learning”
Definition of Teacher Based Teams (TBTs) Collaborative teams at the classroom/instructional level that implement procedures for the effective use of data to assess the impact on student learning, and to make decisions about formative teaching and learning.
What the team is called is not important!TBTs, PLCs, Grade Level Teams, Interdisciplinary Teams, etc…But what you DO with your collaborative team time is critical!!
Why the Urgent Need for Collaboration? • Implementing Ohio’s New Learning Standards • Transitioning to Next Generation of Assessments • Implementation of OTES and OPES • Accountability of New Report Cards • Closing the Gaps
“You have to have the structure that allows people to get together. You also have to have a culture that begins to break into this isolation of teaching, to make it OK for people to be in each others’ business and talk about their common concerns about the work, as opposed to doing only what they do in classrooms by themselves” Richard Elmore, 2008 pp 42 - 47
Role of DLT/CSLT and BLTs Critical The District/Community School Leadership Team and Building Leadership Teams must develop the framework of structures, systems and supports to effectively implement TBTs
Why Teacher Based Teams in Support of All Students? • Create shared responsibility for each student as part of “all of our kids” • Eliminate teachers working alone • Provide effective ways for differentiated instruction • Establish ongoing and embedded professional development within the TBT
Teachers change their practices when they have an opportunity to develop acollectiveunderstanding of high quality instruction and are provided ongoing opportunities to collectively reflect, discuss, deliberately practice, receive coaching & then adjust their teaching. McNulty, 2011, pg 102
“The biggest effect on student learning occurs when the teachers become learners of their own teaching, and when students become their own teachers… THE SAME IS TRUE FOR TEAMS AND LEADERS.” McNulty and Besser, 2011, pg 59 TBT Protocol Isa Learning Agenda for Teachers
The Ohio 5-Step Process: A Cycle of Inquiry
Teacher Implementation related to Student Achievement % of Teachers Implementing with Fidelity Student Scores
What is needed to ensure 90% implementation of effectiveTeacher Based Teams?
THE SIX CONDITIONS NECESSARY for EFFECTIVE TBTs • Condition A: Preparing to Work Collaboratively • Condition B: Forming/Repurposing Teams • Condition C: Creating Schedules & Routines • Condition D: Making Meetings Purposeful • Condition E: Defining Roles & Responsibilities • Condition F: Communicating Plan/Providing Data
Implementing Effective TBTs in Your School/District… • Take out HO 2: TBT Six Conditions Inventory • Divide your team into three small groups • Relative to your current building environment, check all that apply in the following: • BLT Group 1: Conditions A and B • BLT Group 2: Conditions C and D • BLT Group 3: Conditions E and F • Take one minute for each condition to report out to your BLT • Debrief whole group
VIDEO: The What and Why of TBTs www.ohioleadership.org From the module… Teacher Based Teams: What Districts Need to Know
Team structure for collaboration Common focus Shared formative assessments 4. 5-Step Process as a protocol Non Negotiables for Implementing Teacher Based Teams
Team Structure for Collaboration Non Negotiable #1
Teacher Based Teams Subject Area Grade Level Cross Content Vertical TBTs should include ALL instructional personnel, including Intervention specialists
Teams may be configured based on course/ content and/or common skills Grade Level Vertical Specials (Music, Art, PE) Cross-content (language arts, math, social studies, science) World language AP teams Intra-department (biology, American history, Grade 9 E/LA) And more…… HO 3: Possible Configurations for Teacher Based Team Structures….
Review the previous slides listing possible configurations Individually think about the team configurations in your building Discuss the possibilities with the people at your table Think about TBT Configurations Needed in Your Building/District….
Common Focus Content and/or Skills NonNegotiable #2
Content standards describe the knowledge (content) and skills that students should attain, often called the "what" of "what students should know and be able to do." They indicate the ways of thinking, working, communicating, reasoning and investigating, and important and enduring ideas, concepts, issues, dilemmas and knowledge essential to the discipline. http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEPrimary.aspx?page=2&TopicRelationID=1696 ODE Explanation of Standards
CONTENT What students need to KNOW SKILLS What students need to be able to DO
Doug Reeves, Leadership and Learning Center 2012 www.leadandlearn.com Common Focus on Nonfiction Writing “There are not many silver bullets in education, but there is one that comes close and that is non fiction writing.”
Take out the representative set of standards from 9th grade Identify the verbsbecause those are typically skills Discuss what is common across the different content areas HO 6: Using Ohio’s New Learning Standards
Developing a Meaningful Common Focus What common focus could be used for a members of a TBTwho were not teaching the same “content”?
Shared Formative Assessments Non Negotiable #3
Importance of Common Formative Assessments (CFA) “Schools with the greatest improvements in student achievement consistently used common assessments.” Douglas Reeves, 2004
The Data Coach’s Guide: Love, Stiles, Mundry & DiRanna, c. 2008 What Data Do You Have? Summative district and state assessments (aggregated, disaggregated; strand, item, and student work) HO 8 Annual Data about people, practices, perceptions (e.g., demographic, enrollment, survey, interview, observation data, curriculum maps) 2-4 times a year Benchmark commonassessments (e.g., end-of-unit, common grade-level tests reported at item level; aggregated, disaggregated; strand, item, and student work) Quarterly or end of unit 1-4 times a month Formative common assessments (e.g., math problem of the week, writing samples, science journals, other student work) Formative classroom assessments for learning (e.g., student self-assessments, descriptive feedback, selected response, written response, personal communications, performance assessments) Daily - Weekly
< .40 Weak/limited effect .40 - .59 Moderate to strong effect .60 - .79 Strong to excellent effect .80 – 1.0 Excellent effect > 1.0 Outstanding and rare Effect Size Summary
Effect Size on Feedback .73 Hattie 2009
Hattie describes feedback….. “Feedback is not something teachers provided to students…. It was only then when I discovered that feedback was most powerful when it is from the student to the teacher…When teachers seek, or at least are open to, feedback from students as to….what students know, what they understand, where they make errors, when they have misconceptions, when they are not engaged….then teaching and learning can be synchronized and powerful. Feedback to teachers helps make learning visible.” Hattie 2009, pg. 173
Effect Size on Formative Evaluation! 0.90 Hattie 2009
Five reviews synthesizing 4,000 research studies conducted over 40 years concluded: “When well-implemented, formative assessment can effectively double the speed of student learning.” Dylan William, Education Leadership, December 2007/January 2008, p. 36 Powerful Research