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Teaching Teams

Cultivate teams of teachers who share resposibility for student success and build collective expertise by working together to plan and adjust instruction based on data.

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School case studies include:

Achievement First: Teacher Support

Achievement First believes that great teachers are not born, they are made through highly effective systems and professional development support. Through a framework for effective teaching, a large investment in coaching and over 200 hours per year in activities that help teachers grow, Achievement First provides teachers the support they need to become highly effective educators and continue to grow their practice every day.

Design features:

  • Significant Professional Development Time
  • Coaching


Ashley Park: Teaching Teams

In conjunction with their unique family model in which a team of teachers share responsibility for all students in a grade level, Ashley Park elementary has developed a deliberate and strategic teacher teaming approach with expert-led and data-supported collaborative planning time. Teachers feel accountable to each other for success and are able to bring the best thinking of their peers and experts to bear against the challenges they face.

Design features:

  • Teacher Teaming


City High: Looping

Teams of 12 instructors stay with students for all four years of high school, enabling deeper relationships and a focus on teaching students rather than content.

Design features:

  • Student Cohorts
  • Teacher Teaming
  • Looping


City High: Interdisciplinary Teams

City High has an interdisciplinary curriculum where classes of 60 students are co-taught by a team of two content specialists, a special education teacher, and a teaching assistant.

Design features:

  • Trimester Schedule
  • Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Extended Time on Priority Subjects
  • Teacher Teaming
  • Inclusion

Escamilla Intermediate

In response to a dip in student performance and an influx of new teachers, Escamilla re-arranged its schedules so that subject teams are able to share 60 minutes of planning time daily.

Design features:

  • Low Core Class Sizes
  • Intervention/Enrichment Block
  • Teacher Teaming


Generation Schools: Low Core Class Sizes

Generation Schools' unique teacher teaming structure and teacher schedule enable core class sizes of approximately 18-22 students, enabling teachers to provide targeted individual attention based on their students’ needs.

Design features:

  • Low core Class Sizes
  • Teacher Teaming



Rocketship 4-5: Blended Learning Flex Model

The Rocketship Flex Model creates grade teams of three teachers and one paraprofessional to share responsibility for instructing all students in the grade.

Design Features:

  • Blended Learning Flex model
  • Teacher Teaming
  • Elementary Teacher Subject Specialization
  • Extended Time on Priority Subjects
  • Expanded Learning Time
  • Family Model


Summit Public Schools: Blended Learning Flex Model

The Summit Flex Model empowers course- and grade-level teams with 60-90 minutes per day of planning time to collaborate in the planning and delivery of instruction.

Design Features:

  • Blended Learning Flex Model
  • Teacher Teaming
  • Strategic Large Grouping
  • Extended Time on Priority Subjects
  • Flipped Classroom



UP Academy: Catching Students Up

To provide multiple opportunities to catch students up to their peers, UP Academy Boston created academic supports in the form of a co-teaching model, tutoring, and intervention blocks, in addition to a number of other changes to the school day and school year. Teacher teams and planning time at UP Academy Boston are structured to support teacher effectiveness and student intervention planning and coordination. This model has helped student proficiency rates roughly double since 2011, making UP Academy Boston rank #1 across the state of Massachusetts among middle schools in student growth in math.  

Design features:

  • Targeted and Flexible Grouping
  • Varying Time Ongoing
  • Personal Relationships
  • Need-Based Scheduling
  • Teacher Teaming

UP Academy: School Culture

UP Academy Boston has built a strong school culture based on its core values by implementing school-wide systems and routines, utilizing a grade-level cohort structure for students and teacher teams to foster strong relationships between teachers and students, and investing in time and staff dedicated solely to building school culture.

Design Features:

  • School Culture

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