Collaborative Implementation Teams

Collaborative teams are essential for shared leadership and effective communication. District, building and teacher-based teams share responsibility for improving student achievement as part of a system-wide improvement focus.

District leadership team (DLT) draws from all levels of the organization and may include:

  • Superintendent;
  • Treasurer;
  • School board representatives;
  • School administrators;
  • Teachers;
  • Central office administrators;
  • Family and community members;
  • Union representatives;
  • School counselors; 
  • School psychologists;
  • Community partners.
  • Shared Leadership - Effective leaders believe teams should share decision-making, empowering all staff to contribute to purposeful choices and resource management. Continuous improvement is everyone’s responsibility. Different situations call for different leadership skills.

    Communication and Engagement - Effective teams require actively engaged members who communicate consistently with all staff and stakeholders.

    These teams must engage in two-way communication to collect and share the information and data they need to implement evidence-based strategies. This feedback loop helps teams communicate their support needs, barriers to implementation and successes.

    Purposeful Decision-Making - Informed decision-making and resource management calls for analyzing adult and student data. Teams at all levels collect, monitor and analyze the data through this continuous process to monitor their improvement goals.

    Resource Management - Teams direct resources to support district and school goals. These resources include people, program materials, time and funds. All teams should evaluate and align resources to district and building level plans to provide professional learning, including coaching, selecting and onboarding staff.