The TeamBuilders Group (formerly ISA Learning, Inc.) is a professional development and consulting organization with a proven track-record of success. Through the custom application of their Collaborative Schools and T.R.U.S.T. models of collaborative learning, The TeamBuilders Group enhances existing and emerging school initiatives such as:
- Instruction (maker ed, project-based learning, and traditional academic group work)
- Social-emotional learning (character education, anti-bullying, and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports)
- Faculty collaboration (team and co-teaching, co-planning, and Professional Learning Communities)
Over the past three years, The TeamBuilders Group has demonstrated improved pedagogical practices and use of 21st Century competencies in diverse settings including Avonworth School District, Duquesne City Schools, Hopewell School District, and Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship.
Philosophically, The TeamBuilders Group uses an Improvement Science perspective to assemble diverse cohorts of schools within a region. A volunteer team of district, building, and classroom leaders from a school attend three meetings a year that rotate between sites. Based on an assessment of needs and interests, the cohort engages in sustained inquiry into improving collaboration at multiple levels. Cohort meetings involve sharing insights, problem solving, purposeful observation, reflection, and planning.
As each school experiments with integrating research-based practices into their classrooms and culture, momentum builds and collaboration spreads. As the partnership evolves, the TeamBuilders Group offers customized coaching and modeling. Two examples of research-based practices for enhancing collaborative learning include: (1) purposeful and delayed intervention with dysfunctioning groups, and (2) deliberate facilitation of student reflection about the collaborative process. The TeamBuilders Group has an explicit goal of building capacity so each school can serve as a model after their work together concludes.