January 2017 Vol. 4 No. 2
Collective Teacher Efficacy--What is it?
In a nutshell, collective teacher efficacy is a common belief among a staff or group of teachers who all agree that together, they can make a positive impact, even when students are struggling at home or at school. Isn't that fantastic? Simply by sharing the belief that together, you can make a difference, regardless of obstacles facing your students....you can positively impact student achievement!
Based on the Six Enabling Conditions (Donohoo, 2017), here are three of my top ideas to generate Collective Teacher Efficacy in your building or district.
The first condition that enables a school to create a climate where collective teacher efficacy can happen is Advanced Teacher Influence, which means that teachers participate in school-wide decision-making opportunities.
A second condition that makes for a collaborative atmosphere where collective teacher efficacy can flourish is creating a Shared Vision or creating a consensus about the goals of your school or organization.
Positive Peer Practices
Increasing knowledge about one another's work can greatly impact how teachers collectively view the school as a whole. One easy way to do this is Peer Observation through eWalkThrough®.