Gauging goodness of fit: Teachers’ expectations for their instructional teams in high-poverty schools

Citation:

Charner-Laird M, Ng M, Johnson SM, Kraft MA, Papay JP, S.K R. Gauging goodness of fit: Teachers’ expectations for their instructional teams in high-poverty schools. American Journal of Education [Internet]. 2017;123 (4) :553-584.

Abstract:

Teacher teams are increasingly common in urban schools. Here we analyze teachers'
responses to teams in six high-poverty schools. Teachers used two criteria to assess
teams' "goodness of fit" in meeting the demands of their work—whether their team
helped them teach better and whether it contributed to a better school. Their responses
differed notably by school, depending largely on the principal's approach to
implementation. In the three schools where teachers assessed teams favorably,
principals set a meaningful purpose for teachers' collaborative work, contributed
structural and professional expertise for their deliberations, and established a safe
environment for teachers' on-the-job growth.

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