Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Collective Efficacy Book Study- Chapter 4

This week, our group has chosen a collaborative Google Slides format for our book study conversation. Instructions for this format are as follows.
  • Link to Chapter 4 Book Study via Google Slides
  • Participants should visit the Google slide deck between Nov. 22-28th, read the questions and use a blank slide to share your responses 
  • Feel free to add slides and comment on each other’s ideas. 
  • We encourage you to use words or even pictures...be creative!
  • Be sure to check back through the week to see what others have posted and reply to their posts.
  • SCDSB staff will have access to the link. Non-SCDSB staff who would like to participate can comment on this post and provide their email address to be added.
Chapter 4
Enhancing Collective Efficacy Through Professional Protocols 

Chapter Summary

“When educators engage in continuous learning, student learning is improved” (p. 51). Research has identified seven characteristics of professional learning. 

Effective professional learning is...

  • Ongoing 
  • Reinforces meaningful collaboration
  • Grounded in educator practice
  • Involves reflection based on evidence of student outcomes
  • Increases teacher influence
  • Builds capacity for leadership
  • Taps into sources of efficacy

This chapter also outlines several learning structures that enhance collective efficacy. These include:
  • Teacher networks
  • Collaborative teacher inquiry
  • Peer coaching through a cycle of co-planning, co-teaching, co-analysis and co-reflection

Lastly, several efficacy enhancing protocols are outlined as guidelines to help focus and deepen conversations.


Q1- Reflecting upon your current work environment, how might you apply one of the efficacy enhancing protocols discussed in this chapter to foster greater collective efficacy within a team that you currently working with?

Q2- Donohoo focuses her discussion on teacher professional learning . How can this knowledge be provided to professional learning for administrators? What are some of the learning structures that have worked for you OR what are some learning structures that you would like to see?

Q3- “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” What are some of your “failed” learning experiences that you have organized or led as an administrator or leader? Why do you feel they failed? What did you try afterwards or what might you do next time?

Q4- In the book, we read that leaders of professional learning must capitalize on social persuasion as well as teachers’ emotional reactions to tasks. As a leader, how can you apply this to the learning in your school?

Q5- What has been the most powerful professional learning experience in your career in education? What were the conditions that made this experience so impactful?

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