The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The author of this book writes a fictional account of a troubled Silicon Valley firm in order to illustrate the five behaviors that he believes limit team success: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results. As an additional tool, the author includes a questionnaire for readers to use in evaluating their own teams, and specific strategies to help them understand and overcome these common shortcomings.

The Discipline of Teams

This Harvard Business Review article by the authors of The Wisdom of Teams defines a team, noting that not every group is a team, and the three types of teams. The authors discuss how to build team performance and cover the four elements that make teams function.

Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help

This leadership book provides techniques on understanding what type of help is needed and how to offer it in professional relationships, which can be applied to teaching, teamwork, and organizational leadership.

Harvard Business Review: Building Better Teams

A collection of articles from Harvard Business Review, these resources address how team leaders can create high-performing teams. Topics include eight ways to build collaborative teams, the tough work of turning around a team, building the emotional intelligence of groups, and what to do when teams cannot decide. 

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

This book by the director of teacher leader development at Teach Plus focuses on solutions for teacher leaders to common problems they may encounter in building a team that improves student learning. 

The Power of Teacher Teams: With Cases, Analyses, and Strategies for Success

Through a series of case studies as well as protocols for analyzing the cases, the authors of this book about leading teacher teams provide detailed information about various strategies that they have seen work in the field, including how teacher leaders can support active participation, grow meaningful team roles, and set clear performance expectations.  

The Co-Teaching Book of Lists

This book about how to successfully negotiate a coteaching relationship includes several strategies that are relevant for teacher leaders. Topics include establishing roles and responsibilities, delegating tasks, goal setting, negotiating conflicts, and addressing scheduling issues. 

How Teachers Lead Teachers

After observing teacher leaders lead several hours of professional learning with their colleagues, the authors of this article report on their findings regarding effective strategies that teacher leaders can use when they facilitate the professional learning of their colleagues. The article outlines the relative success of a variety of strategies, such as using humor, including teachers from all content areas, and giving participants a chance to practice their new learning.

Inside the Black Box of School District Spending on Professional Development: Lessons from Comparing Five Urban Districts

Education Resource Strategies (ERS) profiled five districts, including information about their professional learning cost structures and funding strategies. Each district, funded primarily from federal and local funds, had different student characteristics, including enrollment size, operating budget, minority enrollment, and student poverty level. 

Giving Every Student Access to Excellent Teachers

This report from the Center for American Progress and Public Impact discusses how the federal government could play a critical role in expanding every student’s access to excellent teaching. In the process, federal policies also could help transform teaching into a profession that attracts and keeps more talented people and provides rich opportunities for on-the-job development and sustainably paid advancement for all teachers. 


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