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The Teacher Credibility and Collective Efficacy Playbook, Grades K-12

The Teacher Credibility and Collective Efficacy Playbook, Grades K-12

Foreword by John Hattie

280 pages | Corwin

Explore the powerful synergy between your credibility with students and your collective efficacy as a member of a team. 

What’s the connection between teacher credibility and collective efficacy in schools? Highly credible teachers can’t reach their full potential without engagement in a collective of other teachers. And collective efficacy is difficult to achieve when teachers are not credible with their students. 

The Teacher Credibility and Collective Efficacy Playbook illuminates the connection between teacher credibility and collective efficacy and offers actions educators can take to improve both. When you increase your credibility with students, student motivation rises. And when you have evidence of your ability to impact student learning, and partner with other teachers to achieve this, your students learn more. 

A one-stop resource for educators intent on improving teacher practice, this powerful guide includes: 

  - Specific actions teachers can take to become more trustworthy, competent, dynamic, and responsive in the eyes of students, and more confident impacting learning as a member of a team

  - Coaching videos from the authors that outline key concepts, share thinking and experiences, and challenge teachers to take  steps to build credibility and collective efficacy

  - Tools for teams to use to polish their collective effectiveness through better communication and problem-solving

   - Reflective writing prompts, pause and ponder tasks, self-assessments, and data collection tools that help teachers grow professionally

Jumpstart learning and achievement in your classroom and school by increasing your credibility with students and the collective efficacy of the team of educators at your school. 


List of Videos
Introduction: Linking Teacher Credibility and Collective Efficacy
Teacher Credibility

Collective Teacher Efficacy

When Teacher Credibility and Collective Efficacy Collide

When Teacher Credibility and Collective Efficacy Thrive

The Long-Term Implications of Teacher Credibility and Collective Efficacy

A Chain Is as Strong as Its Weakest Link

The Organization of This Book

Chapter 1: Teacher Credibility and Collective Efficacy
What Students Remember

Teacher Credibility Defined

Collective Teacher Efficacy

Dimensions of Collective Efficacy

Concluding Thoughts About Teacher Credibility and Collective Efficacy

Chapter 2: Trust
Creating and Maintaining Trust With Students

Trust Defined

A Measurement of Trust

Use Trust Data to Take Action

Regain Trust When It Has Been Damaged

Use Trust to Build Teacher-Student Relationships

Six Easy Actions for Building Teacher-Student Relationships

Collective Efficacy and Trust

Concluding Thoughts About Trust

Chapter 3: Competence
Demonstrating Competence in Your Subject and Your Teaching

Competence Defined

Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Gradual Release of Responsibility Defined

Focused Instruction in Practice

Collaborative Learning in Practice

Guided Instruction in Practice

Independent Learning in Practice

Collective Efficacy and Competence

Concluding Thoughts About Competence

Chapter 4: Dynamism
Harnessing the Power of Dynamism

Dynamism Defined

Dynamism Through Enthusiasm

Dynamism Through Immersion in the Subject

Dynamism Through Creative and Innovative Approaches

Dynamism Through Teacher as Learner

Student Perspectives on Relevant Learning Experiences

Increasing Relevance for Students

Boring Independent Tasks

Visuals and Presentations

Collective Efficacy and Dynamism

Concluding Thoughts About Dynamism

Chapter 5: Immediacy
Attending to Immediacy

Immediacy Defined

Measuring Immediacy

Optimizing Your Immediacy



The Power of Touch

Immediacy and Collective Efficacy

Concluding Thoughts About Immediacy

Chapter 6: Collective Efficacy Skills
Building Collective Efficacy

Supportive Structures for Building Collective Efficacy

Communication Tools Build Collective Efficacy



Posing Questions

Providing Data

Putting Ideas on the Table

Pay Attention to Self and Others

Presume Positive Intentions

Collective Efficacy and Relational Trust

A Measure of Faculty Trust

When Trust Is Broken

Concluding Thoughts About Collective Efficacy Skills

Chapter 7: Collective Efficacy in Action
Collective Effort and Collaboration

Collective Responsibility + Action = Collective Efficacy

Set Collective Efficacy Into Motion

Learning Walks


Assignment Analysis

A Model for Collective Efficacy in Action

Leadership Sustains Collective Efficacy and Teacher Credibility Efforts

Concluding Thoughts About Collective Efficacy in Action


Sample Materials & Chapters


Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit and an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE. He has published numerous articles on teaching and learning as well as books such as The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+, Visible Learning for Literacy, Comprehension: The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading, How Tutoring Works, and... More About Author

Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. Nancy has published in The Reading Teacher, Theory Into Practice, Reading Psychology, Early Childhood Education Journal, and Educational Leadership on research related to literacy, school leadership, and effective instruction. Current books include The Teaching Reading Playbook, Teaching Students to Drive Their Learning, Welcome to Teaching, and The PLC+ suite of books. In 2008 she was given the Early Career Achievement Award by the Literacy Research Association and is a... More About Author

Dominique Smith

Dominique Smith, Ed.D. is Chief of Educational Services and Teacher Support at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego, California. Smith is passionate about creating school environments that honor and empower students. His research and instruction focuses on restorative practices, classroom management, growth mindset, and the culture of achievement. Dominique also provides professional learning to K-12 teachers in small and large groups that address classroom and school climate and organization. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University with an emphasis on equity as well as a Master's... More About Author

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