The Skillful Team Leader

A Resource for Overcoming Hurdles to Professional Learning for Student Achievement

Elisa B. MacDonald,

The Skillful Team Leader: A Resource for Overcoming Hurdles to Professional Learning for Student Achievement
 
 

Get the most out of your PLCs and teacher teams!

All teams face hurdles. What distinguishes the skillful team leader from a less effective one is his or her approach in overcoming them. Whether you are a team leader or a trainer of team leaders, this book is an essential resource for you.

Elisa MacDonald offers a skillful approach to team leadership rooted in values, mindset, intelligence, and skill. Readers will learn from reality-based examples illustrating common team hurdles in collaboration, shared leadership, goal setting and attainment, rigorous discourse, and continuous improvement. This practical guide features:

  • Research-based and field-tested solutions for preventing and overcoming hurdles
  • Brief follow-up sections with tips for sustaining positive change
  • Ways to work beyond the team to shape and influence school culture
  • Prompts to apply learning to your own leadership hurdles
  • A common chapter format for easy reference and flexible use



 

"Teacher teams have become a common fixture of North American schools. However, not all teams make the best use of their meeting time by engaging in sustained, professional learning. Written in a clear, practitioner-friendly style, this book provides team leaders with an array of useful strategies to address common team hurdles and realize the promise of powerful, collaborative learning."
—Jim Knight, Author of Instructional Coaching

"This book is a fantastic resource for someone who leads teams every day. The vignettes echo the very real challenges that I continually see in team meetings. The book is organized so that I can easily find practical strategies to apply right away when I am facing major challenges in my daily work."
— Karen Coyle Aylward, Literacy Coach and Team Leader
Boston, MA



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