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The Skillful Team Leader


Elisa MacDonald

ISBN 13: 


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

Table of Contents and Dilemma Questions Index

“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

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Corwin Press


208 pages


11 × 8.5 × 0.5 in

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