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Teacher Leader Network Newsletter
October 12, 2016

Team Building Continued...

One topic during our September Teacher Leader Network session was team building. We reviewed the four stages of team building: forming, storming, norming and high performing. You can find a review of the four stages here and some tools to help you move along the continuum to high performing teams! 

Building strong teams can develop teacher collective efficacy in schools. Collective Efficacy can be defined as educators' belief that in working together, they have the capability to improve significant challenges in schools. In fact, teacher collective efficacy is the #1 factor to increasing student achievement according to researcher and author John Hattie. You can read more here and here

Check out the module entitled Leadership Teams and Quality Instruction on the Teaching Channel. The module is complete with videos and reflective questions to guide your thinking. Feel free to utilize the NWAEA Teacher Leader Google+ Community to engage with other as you work through the module. Share your thinking. Ask questions of each other. If you are not a member of the Google+ Community, you will need to click "ask to join." 

Upcoming Events & Registration Links

NWAEA has several high quality offerings for Teacher Leaders planned for this fall/winter! The linked text takes you to each sessions registration form. 

Oct. 18 -- Focus on Teaching with Ann Hoffman (Based on Jim Knight's Book Focus on Teaching) 

Oct. 25 -- Principals & Instructional Coaches Working Together (Session 1 of 3) with Pete Hall. This session is for Coaches and Administrators.

Nov. 11 -- Leading with Conversations with Steve Barkley

Nov. 15 -- Instructional Practices Inventory Workshop with Jerry Valentine

Dec 6 -- Principals & Instructional Coaches Working Together (Session 2 of 3) with Alisa Simeral. This sessions is for instructional coaches

Our next Face-to-Face Teacher Leadership Network sessions are: 

Dec. 1 --  Sioux Center & Denison
Dec. 7 --  Sioux City

What are Protocols and Why Use Them? Click here to find out more!
Check out The National School Reform Faculty's A-Z Free List of Protocols!  
Great for developing High Performing Teams and Collective Efficacy! 
Have you checked out the #educoach Twitter Chat? Join the fun each Wednesday at 8pm CST. Need help with Twitter? Kathy Perret, co-moderator, can help! 
Voice from NWAEA Lead Learners
This week's tip comes from Brandi Jensen, consulting teacher at Spalding Park Elementary in Sioux City. Brandi uses her electronic calendar to schedule time with teachers. She color codes her calendar so that she can quickly monitor where she is spending her time. Within the calendar settings she can open a meeting notice and type reflections as well. The calendar syncs with her phone and alerts her 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment. She is also able to share her calendar with her administrators which keeps them informed of her schedule. 
Brandi also encourages new teacher leaders to continue to build relationships with teachers. One tip she shares is for teacher leaders to stop in teachers' classrooms during their prep period and ask if they can help plan or ask what they are planning for the next week. This short dialogue could help open doors to future coaching cycles. 
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