Embracing the Collective Wisdom of Your Team

“What happens in schools is more complex than ever and cannot be accomplished with strict division between administrators and teachers. The leadership and responsibility for student learning must be a collaborative effort. If teacher leaders can help change school cultures so that teachers and principals collaborate to build a culture of learning, everyone benefits.”—ASCD Executive Director Judy Seltz. Knowing this, what skills do current international school teacher leaders need to embrace the collective voices of their teams.  This session will provide strategies for teacher leaders to facilitate teams that focus on improving student learning and impacting teacher practice.

Session Audience 

Whole School

Session Goals 

Participants will gain a better understanding of how to promote and maintain effective and collaborative teams. Teacher leaders possess a genuine passion for their colleagues and are committed to meeting the needs of all students.  Principals are embracing teacher leadership and acknowledging the impact that a distributed model of leadership has on school culture and student learning. For many educators appointed in these positions, they seek the support to build a high functioning team in a climate of positivity and productivity.


  • Understand the value “intentional trust” has on developing effective teaming
  • Explore strategies that will promote equal voice and a true focus on student learning during team collaboration
  • Identify the stages of a team and protocols to transition to a high functioning team 
  • Discuss the impact teacher leadership has on the climate and culture 
  • Collaborate with other teacher leaders to share best practice

About Nancy

Nancy Lhoest-Squicciarini is currently Head of Community Relations and Project Manager for professional learning institutes at the International School of Luxembourg.  As a workshop facilitator, she is a trainer for the Principals’ Training /Teachers’ Training Center and ECIS Middle Leaders Certificate Programme. Nancy also chairs the ECIS Middle Leaders Trainers committee.  Prior to this, she was the Assistant Principal responsible for Teaching and Learning and Chair of ECIS Curriculum and Assessment Committee. As Head of Community Relations, she promotes the development of a positive school climate by building and supporting strong connections between all the school’s stakeholders.