Build a team

Processes revolve not only around the outcome, but also the people involved.

In addition to having a sound multi-year plan, we strongly encourage building a core leadership team. Some schools decide to have multiple teams, such as grade level teams, building teams, technology teams, and professional development teams. As a bonus, teams might also help to identify stakeholder needs and potential risks to your plan.

Once you have your team assembled, it’s time to begin their leadership journey. Setting expectations, for the team and the goals, is essential from the beginning. Note that some schools have found it effective to begin with an outline of their curriculum process factors (i.e. time, tasks and resources) and then collaborate with the team to make final decisions as a group.

Use the following outline for your first meetings with the team:

  • Share your plans and vision with the team(s). Consider their feedback and input. They may identify resources or risks you hadn’t considered.

  • Provide time for your team to set norms and bond as a team. Allow them the space to understand and expand upon their role and responsibilities, considering each member’s unique strengths.

  • Structure your process so the team can gradually lead the tasks. There are a few key phases to set your team up for this successful path:

    • Forming: Team comes together and defines their role, as well as the curriculum process.

    • Storming: Team identifies things to change and how to do it.

    • Norming: Team establishes relationships and confidence as a group.

    • Performing: Team examines and executes tasks at a high-functioning level. The project/process leaders guide, when needed.

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