Teachers Toolkit


Table of Conents
Tools by chapter
Tools in alphabetical order

CHAPTER 1: A new kind of professional development
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Tool 1.1 Assessment of current reality of professional development.
Tool 1.2 The best staff development is in the workplace, not in a workshop.

CHAPTER 2: Aligning the standards: Making the case
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Tool 2.1 New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers.
Tool 2.2 New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leaders.
Tool 2.3 New Jersey Professional Development Standards for Teachers.

CHAPTER 3: Collaborative professional learning
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Tool 3.1 Team learning scenario task.
Tool 3.2 NSDC’s Standard for Staff Development on Learning Communities.
Tool 3.3 Set goals for learning with a sense of urgency.
Tool 3.4 Fears and hopes.
Tool 3.5 Possible staff meeting agenda.

CHAPTER 4: Getting started
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Tool 4.1A community of learners: One school’s journey - two viewpoints.

CHAPTER 5: Supportive conditions for collaborative professional learning
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Tool 5.1 School culture survey. 
Tool 5.2 Audit of the culture starts with two handy tools. 
Tool 5.3 Teacher and principal ICs on Learning Communities. 
Tool 5.4 What does your community know and believe about teacher learning? A survey. 
Tool 5.5 Frequently asked questions about professional development. 
Tool 5.6 Central office IC on Learning Communities.

CHAPTER 6: Facilitating collaborative teams
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Tool 6.1 Protocol for developing agreements.
Tool 6.2 Building effective teams.
Tool 6.3 Transform your group into a team.
Tool 6.4 Which stage is your team in? A survey.
Tool 6.5 Team agreement template. 
Tool 6.6 Becoming a productive team.

CHAPTER 7: Making time
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Tool 7.1 Time use flows from school culture.
Tool 7.2 Analysis of current time usage with time use log.
Tool 7.3 Think outside the clock.
Tool 7.4 Time enough for teaching and learning.
Tool 7.5 Making time for adult learning.
Tool 7.6 Comparison of strategies for making time for collaborative professional learning.
Tool 7.7 Forming a recommendation.

CHAPTER 8: Using data
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Tool 8.1 Types of data available.
Tool 8.2 Student data checklist.
Tool 8.3 Data analysis protocol (informal). 
Tool 8.4 Data analysis protocol (formal).
Tool 8.5 Crafting data summary statements.
Tool 8.6 Fishbone diagram.
Tool 8.7 Hypothesis-testing record keeping sheet.

CHAPTER 9: Working collaboratively
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Tool 9.1 Peeling a standard. 
Tool 9.2 Common assessment planning tool. 
Tool 9.3 Teamwork on assessments creates powerful professional development. 
Tool 9.4 Group wise: Strategies for examining student work together. 
Tool 9.5 Success analysis protocol. 
Tool 9.6 Descriptive review process. 
Tool 9.7 Collaborative assessment conference. 
Tool 9.8 Teacher research leads to learning, action. 
Tool 9.9 Lesson study. 
Tool 9.10 Profile of Bill Jackson. 
Tool 9.11 Process: Select the strategy that works for your content and context.

CHAPTER 10: Team planning and reporting
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Tool 10.1 Sample team plan.
Tool 10.2 Team planning template. 
Tool 10.3 Alternative team planning template. 
Tool 10.4 Team agenda template. 
Tool 10.5 Team summary report template. CHAPTER11: Role of principal.

CHAPTER 11: Role of principal
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Tool 11.1 Essays by Dennis Sparks.
Tool 11.2 Benefits of collaborative professional learning. 
Tool 11.3 Key learnings for collaborative professional learning teams. 
Tool 11.4 Principals’ strategies for increasing staff capacities for continuous learning. 
Tool 11.5 In the right context. 
Tool 11.6 Culture shift doesn’t occur overnight — or without conflict.
Tool 11.7 How to launch a community.
Tool 11.8 Getting everyone to buy in.

CHAPTER 12: Role of central office
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Tool 12.1 Backmapping model.
Tool 12.2 If not a workshop, then what? 
Tool 12.3 Break the inservice habit. 
Tool 12.4 School professional development plan synthesis.

CHAPTER 13: Evaluating collaborative professional learning
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Tool 13.1 Eight smooth steps.
Tool 13.2 Team meeting assessment. 
Tool 13.3 Rate yourself as a team player.
Tool 13.4 Protocol for discussing survey results about team effectiveness and/or team meetings. 
Tool 13.5 Logic model template. 
Tool 13.6 Learning team survey. 
Tool 13.7 Summative reflection protocol. 
Tool 13.8 Professional learning communities: Getting started. 
Tool 13.9 Professional learning communities II: A focus on common assessments.