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Teacher-Based Teams: What Districts Need to Know

At OLAC, we talk a lot about teacher-based teams (TBTs). Why? Research shows that developing collective capacity through collaborative teams gets results because "Peers are supporting and pressuring each other to do better."

In fact, we think teacher-based teams are so important, we're dedicating our Action Forum entirely to TBTs. If you haven't heard of the Action Forum, it's a one-day learning event featuring Dr. Brian McNulty from The Leadership and Learning Center, along with presenting TBTs from across the state. To learn more, visit

Regardless of whether you're new to TBTs, or looking to take a deeper dive, another great place to start is with our online learning module, Teacher-Based Teams: What Districts Need to Know.

This module provides support for the development of teacher-based teams as part of an aligned leadership team structure used by districts and their schools to continually improve instructional practice and student learning. The module covers topics including:

  • The purpose of TBTs
  • Suggestions for TBT membership
  • Structures and processes to support effective TBTs
  • Implications for district and building leadership teams
  • Suggestions for incorporating cyclical communication in ways that support system learning

The module also provides an opportunity to review the literature on teacher-based teams and the research about effective teacher-based teams. You will find this particular module very timely and helpful to your work in classrooms, and schools across the district.

To access the module, visit (account log in required) and click the "Collaboration" link under Modules by Topic.