RESOURCES

Toolkit for Teacher Teams

These free resources are provided to foster collective efficacy among grade-level/content-specific teams as they plan for, deliver, reflect on, and refine standards-aligned instruction. They are categorized by theme in response to three questions:

  • Collaborative Teams: How can we work together productively?
  • Florida Standards: What do we teach and how do students learn?
  • Positive Outliers: From whom else can we learn?
Resources are arranged alphabetically by title. Refine the list by theme, grade level and subject using the filters below. If you don't find what you need, please let us know!

Collective Teacher Efficacy
Source: The Learning Exchange
Collective Teacher Efficacy: The Effect Size Research and Six Enabling Conditions
  • Explains the research pointing to the importance of building Collective Teacher Efficacy (CTE)
  • Introduces six enabling conditions that allow CTE to flourish
  • Use with your team to incorporate practices known to increase CTE
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Common Planning Agenda
Source: K12 Lift
Agenda Template for Weekly Common Planning Meeting
  • Some of the most successful schools in Florida have grade/content-level teams who plan together each week for the next week of instruction
  • This template includes field-tested topics and timing to provide structure for a one-hour meeting
  • Adapt it as needed to work for your team!
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Effective Leadership
Source: UChicago Consortium on School Research
How Do Principals Influence Student Achievement?
  • Summarizes key findings of a research study to determine what school leaders do in schools making gains compared with those in schools not making gains
  • Affirms that effective principals foster strong learning climates by "empowering and coordinating the work of teachers around shared goals"
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ELA Standards Overview
Source: Achieve.org
Understanding the K-12 Common Core State Standards in ELA and Literacy
  • Provides an overview of the organization, focus, and advances of the standards for English language arts and literacy
  • Describes learning expectations for reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, media and technology, and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects
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Examples of Student Writing
Source: Florida Department of Education
ELA Writing Scoring Sampler for the Florida Standards Assessment
  • Develop common understanding of the scoring criteria for FSA writing across scoring domains
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Facilitation and Other Meeting Roles
Source: CO2 Partners
What is a Facilitator and Other Meeting Roles
  • Succinctly describes the roles and responsibilities that make for efficient and effective meetings
  • Links to additional helpful resources and tips for meetings
  • Set up your team meetings to be successful!
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FS Codes: Elementary ELA
Source: K12 Lift
Coding Scheme for K-5 ELA Standards
  • Translate Florida’s alphanumeric codes into specific ELA strands and clusters
  • Use to navigate the Florida standards and crosswalk to Common Core codes with ease
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FS Codes: Elementary Math
Source: K12 Lift
Coding Scheme for K-5 Mathematics Standards
  • Translate Florida’s alphanumeric codes into specific mathematics domains and clusters
  • Use to navigate the Florida standards and crosswalk to Common Core codes with ease
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FS Codes: Elementary Science
Source: K12 Lift
Coding Scheme for K-5 Science Standards
  • Translate Florida’s alphanumeric codes into specific bodies of knowledge and big ideas for science
  • Use to navigate the standards with ease
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FS Codes: Grades 6-12 ELA
Source: K12 Lift
Coding Scheme for Secondary Grades ELA Standards
  • Translate Florida’s alphanumeric codes into specific ELA strands and clusters
  • Use to navigate the Florida standards and crosswalk to Common Core codes with ease
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FS Codes: Grades 6-8 Math
Source: K12 Lift
Coding Scheme for Middle Grades Mathematics Standards
  • Translate Florida’s alphanumeric codes into specific mathematics domains and clusters
  • Use to navigate the Florida standards and crosswalk to Common Core codes with ease
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FS Codes: Grades 6-8 Science
Source: K12 Lift
Coding Scheme for Middle Grades Science Standards
  • Translate Florida’s alphanumeric codes into specific bodies of knowledge, big ideas and benchmarks for science
  • Use to navigate the standards with ease
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FS Codes: Grades 9-12 Science
Source: K12 Lift
Coding Scheme for High School Science Standards
  • Translate Florida’s alphanumeric codes into specific bodies of knowledge, standards and benchmarks for science (including Biology I)
  • Use to navigate the standards with ease
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FS Codes: High School Math
Source: K12 Lift
Coding Scheme for Grades 9-12 Mathematics Standards
  • Translate Florida’s alphanumeric codes into specific mathematics domains, subdomains and clusters (including Algebra I and Geometry)
  • Use to navigate the Florida standards and crosswalk to Common Core codes with ease
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FS Codes: HS Social Studies
Source: K12 Lift
Coding Scheme for Grades 9-12 Social Studies Standards
  • Translate Florida’s alphanumeric codes into specific strands for social studies (including U.S. History)
  • Use to navigate the standards with ease
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FS Codes: MS Social Studies
Source: K12 Lift
Coding Scheme for Grades 6-8 Social Studies Standards
  • Translate Florida’s alphanumeric codes into specific strands for social studies (including civics)
  • Use to navigate the standards with ease
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FSA Test Item Specifications
Source: Florida Department of Education
Test Item Specifications for the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA)
  • Become familiar with the content and format of the FSA and find test items in each grade level and subject
  • Link to PDF downloads published for FSA ELA, mathematics, Algebra I and Geometry
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Guides to Student Success
Source: National PTA
Parent Guides to Student Success
  • Great for parents but also useful for teachers!
  • Find concise examples of work students are expected to encounter at each grade level in ELA and mathematics
  • Reflect with your team on the big picture of what students need to accomplish as you map out the year's lesson plans
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High-Growth Classrooms
Source: K12 Lift
What do High-Growth Classrooms Have in Common?
  • Summarizes field research on commonalities found among classrooms, schools, and districts with some of the highest student growth in Florida
  • Use it with your grade-level team to reflect on practices and determine whether incremental changes are possible and would be beneficial
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History of the Florida Standards
Source: K12 Lift
A Brief History of the Florida Standards
  • Explains how and why the Florida Standards came to be in their current form
  • Lists the main differences between the Florida Standards and the Common Core State Standards
  • Helps to determine whether your instructional materials are fully aligned to the Florida Standards!
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Instructional Shifts
Source: Student Achievement Partners
The Shifts
  • Find resource guides and professional development modules to help you understand how mastery of the Florida Standards requires changes in how students learn ELA and mathematics
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Letter to Parents
Source: K12 Lift
Sample Letter from Teachers to Parents Regarding Expectations for Students
  • Introduces parents to the rationale for grade-level standards and points them to National PTA Parent Guides and Great Schools milestone videos
  • Establish expectations for the year and invite parents to partner in their child's education!
  • Copy text to your school's letterhead or email and personalize as needed
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Mathematics Standards Overview
Source: Achieve.org
Understanding the K-12 Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
  • Provides an overview of the organization, focus, and advances of the mathematics standards
  • Describes the arc of learning expectations as students transition from elementary through high school
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Norm Consensus Activity
Source: K12 Lift
Protocol for Norm Consensus Activity
  • This activity was field-tested in a sample of Florida schools to establish norms among teacher teams
  • Adapt the protocol and handout as needed to build consensus for your own team norms
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Student Milestone Clips
Source: GreatSchools
Milestones Video Library
  • Great for parents!
  • Develop and foster a concrete vision of what your students can accomplish
  • Each 2-minute video clip shows a student demonstrating what success looks like with a particular grade-level skill in reading, writing and math
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Tips for Team Meetings
Source: K12 Lift
Tips to Promote Efficient and Effective Team Meetings
  • Use this checklist before, during, and after each meeting to make the most of precious team time
  • Adapt it to work for your team!
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Tool for Sharing Instructional Practice
Source: Swivl
Swivl: Our Pick for Video Capture
  • Record secure, high-quality video and audio of classroom instruction and student interactions
  • Use for self reflection, peer feedback, collaborative planning and new teacher support
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