Collective efficacy is the ability of the school to create a culture that improves that overall performance of each teacher and educator. A school with high collective efficacy shares the belief they can meet the needs of their students and are able to improve the learning of all students.
Schools that harness the power of collective efficacy can create lasting success for students and teachers. The impact is beyond a test score, but it does show on test scores.
Thoughts on Collective Efficacy
A leading author and educational consultant shared John Hattie’s groundbreaking research synthesis:
Collective teacher efficacy which Hattie says has an effect size of 1.57 is when a school has” collective self-perception that teachers in a given school make an educational difference to their students over and above the education impact of their homes and communities.”
— Chris Jakicic (@cjakicic) April 26, 2018
This graphic accurately captures the incremental nature of improvement when schools rely on collective efficacy:
Massive incremental change… What small, important things are we asking our staff to work on to increase their professional, collective efficacy. @SimonBreakspear #uLead18 pic.twitter.com/NpN6GUrpLs
— Ryan Layton (@Jetz_66) April 16, 2018
And it goes deeper than just improving schools. Collective efficacy is about a community who learns together, creates together, and succeeds together. Here’s a reflection:
Why collaborate? Collective learning, collective problem solving, collective impact, creates potential beyond the sum of the parts! #collaboration #collectiveefficacy
— sarahmmartin (@sarahmartin74) April 24, 2018
How do you Create Collective Teacher Efficacy?
Here are a few great resources for answers to that question:
- Houston, We’ve Had A Problem – How collective efficacy saved Apollo 13 and what it means for your school.
- Collective Teacher Efficacy According to John Hattie – An article with stats on collective teacher efficacy.
- Data, Culture, and Teacher Leaders – How to create a culture where data empowers teacher leadership.
Books for Collective Teacher Efficacy
If you’re looking to lead a book study or facilitate a PLC bookcamp, we recommend the following resources.
Schools that harness the power of collective efficacy can create lasting success for students and teachers.