What you'll learn

  • Explore current research on professional learning for teachers

  • Examine common models of professional learning, with a focus on team-based, collaborative approaches

  • Practice designing and facilitating team-based learning experiences and receive feedback from peers

  • Reflect on how you can improve the design and facilitation of teacher teams in your unique contexts

Course description

Leading Teacher Teams: Promoting Growth Through Effective Collaboration was designed to help new and experienced teacher leaders build the skills they need to lead adult teams effectively. You’ll explore how adults learn, how to reach and motivate them, and how to apply team leadership strategies and practices that are supported by theory, research, and professional expertise.

In this course, join Harvard faculty who work directly with beginning and veteran teachers to hone their teaching and instructional leadership practice. Contribute your own expertise and learn from motivated colleagues as you address the following questions:

  • What are the characteristics of an effective team? 
  • How do adults learn while working on teams? 
  • What are the characteristics of a well-run team meeting? 
  • How can teachers have discussions that maintain a focus on the instructional core? 
  • How can protocols support teachers to address common challenges? 
  • What is the role of conflict or disagreement on teams? 

This course applies toward the Instructional Leadership Certificate (ILC).


Lecturer on Education, Faculty Director of Harvard Teacher Fellows Program
Lecturer on Education and the Director of the Data Wise Project at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education

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