Achievement Teams

Achievement Teams

How a Better Approach to PLCs Can Improve Student Outcomes and Teacher Efficacy

Steve Ventura, Michelle Ventura


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What if you had a collaborative process of looking at student data that could pinpoint student gaps in learning and suggest effective strategies to close those gaps? What if you knew not only what you should start doing to enhance student learning, but also what you should stop doing because it hasn't given you the hoped-for results?

Enter Achievement Teams. This is not another program that's here today and gone tomorrow; it's a timeless approach that any school or district can replicate that focuses on the most significant variable in student achievement: teaching. In Achievement Teams, Steve Ventura and Michelle Ventura offer a framework based on John Hattie's Visible Learning research that makes teacher collaboration more efficient, rigorous, satisfying, and effective. Think of it as a systematic treasure hunt for best practices using real data on your students.

The authors walk you through the Achievement Teams four-step meeting protocol:

* In Step 1, teams focus on the evidence from a pre-assessment to provide specific feedback to students and teachers about concepts and skills that students did and did not learn.
* In Step 2, teams use that evidence to establish SMART goals for both teachers and students.
* In Step 3, teams summarize the collected data and make inferences around students' mastery levels.
* In Step 4, teachers select high-impact strategies directly targeted to student needs. A post-assessment reveals what did and didn't work.

The authors provide a plethora of resources along the way, including reflection activities to extend your thinking and a variety of helpful downloadable templates designed to facilitate the work. If you're a teacher or leader who is interested in maximizing student achievement, this book is for you.


Steve Ventura:

Steve Ventura is the president and lead consultant at Advanced Collaborative Solutions. He is a highly motivational and knowledgeable speaker who approaches high-stakes professional development armed with practical, research-based strategies. Ventura is a former elementary and secondary teacher and has worked as both a school and a district-level administrator. He has published multiple books and articles and regularly presents and keynotes at global education events. He is passionate about helping school-based leaders instill a culture grounded in collective teacher efficacy through his flagship work, Achievement Teams. Through this collaborative work, Ventura has helped countless educators improve their teaching practice.


Michelle Ventura is cofounder of and a professional learning consultant with Advanced Collaborative Solutions. With 30 years of classroom experience, she brings a unique and sensible perspective to professional development grounded in effective teaching and learning. Ventura is passionate about the teaching profession and firmly believes that all kids can learn. She is known for creating engaging adult learning opportunities that provide participants with immediate possibilities to improve teacher practice. Most days, she can be found leading educators through sessions on Achievement Teams and high-impact instructional strategies.