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ABOUT ME

Jenni Donohoo, PhD, is a three-time, best-selling author and professional learning facilitator with more than 20 years experience in leading school change. Jenni’s four books include: Quality Implementation: Leveraging Collective Efficacy to Make "What Works" Actually Work (co-authored by Steven Katz), Collective Efficacy: How Educators’ Beliefs Impact Student Learning, The Transformative Power of Collaborative Inquiry: Realizing Change in Schools and Classrooms (co-authored by Moses Velasco) and Collaborative Inquiry for Educators: A Facilitator’s Guide to School Improvement.

Books

Harness the power of collective efficacy to achieve quality implementation! 
Designed to overcome a common barrier to successful implementation of school improvement efforts--entrenched belief systems--this book digs deeper into the power of collective efficacy. Teams with a strong sense of collective efficacy devise ways to make “what’s supposed to work” actually work, and find ways to exercise control over challenges that surround them. In addition to the examples from both inside and outside of education, readers will find
• Ways to create environments that tap into mastery as the number one source of collective efficacy 
• Methods to strengthen vicarious experiences through observational learning
• Examination of social persuasion and affective states as additional sources of collective efficacy
Expanding on this critically-important topic, this book accentuates the importance of collective efficacy as the single most important driver of student achievement and the key to successful implementation. This book is the spark you need to look at implementation in a completely new light.

Is your school climate promoting meaningful change? Recent research suggests that Collective Efficacy (CE) is the number one factor influencing student achievement.

Collective efficacy - the belief that, through collective actions, educators can influence student outcomes and improve student learning - is changing the educational ecosystem. A faculty with high collective efficacy shows greater effort and persistence, as well as a willingness to try next teaching approaches, and attends more closely to struggling students' needs. This book presents practical strategies and tools for increasing student achievement by sharing ​

  • a rationale and sources for establishing collective efficacy 

  • conditions and leadership practices for collective efficacy to flourish 

  • professional learning structures/protocols that promote collective efficacy. 

Teachers are powerful change agents in the on-going process of school improvement. This insightful, must-read guide helps school leaders shape the development of a sustainable professional learning culture. Practical suggestions and in-depth research shed light on your path as you explore the benefits and challenges of adopting authentic teacher collaboration across schools and districts. A follow-up to Jenni Donohoo’s best-selling Collaborative Inquiry for Educators: A Facilitator's Guide to School Improvement, this book will quickly move you from theory to practice. Learn valuable lessons from leaders’ experiences in the field and discover:

  • A rationale and framework for engaging in inquiry 

  • The vital conditions needed to ensure systemwide collaboration 

  • Common pitfalls and the four stages of school improvement​​

Collaborating for improved student outcomes makes sense. But beyond theory, do you know where to begin? How does a team gather, analyze, and then implement and evaluate learning objectives while engaging students and meeting school agendas? Without directed guidance, it’s easier said than done.

Aligned to current Learning Forward standards and based on the latest professional development research, Collaborative Inquiry for Educators deconstructs the collaborative inquiry process. This step-by-step guide gives facilitators tools to move teams toward purposeful, productive, and impactful collaborative work. Unlock your team's ability to work together to improve instruction and increase student achievement.