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School Team Empowerment

School Team Empowerment is a professional learning opportunity designed for school-based teams, which may include district-level support. The total number of team members should be 5 to 6, and the team leader should be the school principal. Team members could include assistant principal(s), counselor(s), instructional facilitator(s), instructional coaches, interventionists, and teacher leaders from any content area/grade level. District-level team members with job responsibilities that directly support student learning, teachers, and/or principals could also be part of a school-level team.

Dates for the 2022-2023 School Year

School team participants must plan to attend all sessions of School Team Empowerment. As you choose participants for your school team, please remember to check your professional and personal calendars to make sure ALL team members can attend ALL sessions. 

  • September 27-28, 2022 – Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC) Training Center, Little Rock, AR
  • September 29, 2022 – Little Rock Marriott Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, AR
  • November 8-9, 2022 – Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC) Training Center, Little Rock, AR
  • January 17-18, 2023 – Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC) Training Center, Little Rock, AR
  • Virtual coaching sessions will be scheduled in late October, early December, and early February (exact dates and times TBD)

The application must be completed in its entirety and submitted along with the Signed Expectations document, signed by all team members and the district’s superintendent.

Complete the Online School Team Empowerment Application

Download More Information and a Copy of the School Team Empowerment Application Questions

Download the Expectations Document for Signatures

Frequently Asked Questions

Purpose and Design

The purpose of School Team Empowerment (STE) is to support individual and team growth through a differentiated approach to leadership development. STE provides professional learning and coaching opportunities for teams of school administrators, teacher leaders, and district leaders. Sessions focus on developing and nurturing collaborative teams to lead effective instructional practices.

STE will include four onsite team interaction and content delivery sessions paired with a minimum of six virtual team coaching opportunities. This hybrid approach allows teams the opportunity to learn in a traditional structured format while also leveraging virtual technologies to deepen personalization.

Each school team will be paired with an experienced Arkansas leader/practitioner to personalize the learning and strengthen the ability to transfer theory in practice. Teams additionally have multiple opportunities to engage in virtual coaching sessions as a value-added strategy to grow leadership capacity and assist with application of learning. There is no cost for the virtual coaching opportunities.

Content and Focus

Collective Leader Efficacy: Strengthening Instructional Leadership Teams

  • Collective leader efficacy (CLE) is a shared conviction among a school leadership team that they can improve the learning environment for all students. Peter DeWitt, Ed.D. provides the research, explains the drivers, and engages participants in the cycle of inquiry that helps leadership teams to develop collective leader efficacy as a leadership team.
  • Each participating school team will have a minimum of six opportunities to engage in virtual coaching sessions to personalize the learning and implementation.
  • Each participant will receive a copy of “The Leader’s Guide to Coaching in Schools” as supporting materials and reference.
  • Each participant will receive a copy of Peter DeWitt’s book “Collective Leader Efficacy: Strengthening Instructional Leadership Teams” as supporting materials and reference.
  • Upon completion, participants of School Team Empowerment will be able to:
    • Define collective leader efficacy (CLE)
    • Develop an understanding of how leadership teams should function
    • Define and apply certain drivers necessary to develop collective leader efficacy as a team
    • Engage in a cycle of inquiry where they can define a theory of action
    • Develop a program logic model to help them plan actionable steps
    • Become familiar with the elements of the GROWTH Coaching Model
    • Consolidate confidence, knowledge, and skills through practice of the GROWTH coaching framework followed by reflection and feedback

Assembling a School Level Team

  • Total number of team members should be 5-6
  • Team leader should be the school principal
  • Team members could include assistant principal(s), counselor(s), instructional facilitator(s), instructional coaches, interventionists, and teacher leaders from any content area/grade level. District level team members with job responsibilities that directly support student learning, teachers, and/or principals could also be part of a school level team.
  • School teams and participants must plan to attend all sessions of School Team Empowerment. As you choose participants for your school team, remember to check your professional and personal calendars and make sure ALL team members can attend all four face-to-face sessions.

School Team Empowerment Events