The Power of Teacher Collaboration: Core Review/100% Meetings

 By Jenice Pizzuto & Nicole Kaye

By Jenice Pizzuto & Nicole Kaye

Quote: “Core review meetings have been the most powerful meeting structure brought to our school.  We have moved from working on islands of excellence to powerful collaboration teams focused on student learning.”  Teacher from ORTIi District

Feedback like the quote above from teachers affirm our commitment to training ORTIi districts to utilize Core Review, 100% Meetings. The Core Review, 100% Meeting structure unleashes the power of teacher collaboration and syncs up effective instructional strategies across grade levels.  Teacher collaboration and a focus on ongoing and embedded professional learning that is standards based helps support teacher teams and school staff work together to learn, grow, and improve outcomes for students.  Work like this is supported in a recent study from Ronfeldt, M., Farmer, S., McQueen, K., & Grissom, J. (2015). Teacher collaboration in instructional teams and student achievement. American Educational Research Journal, 52(3), 475-514. 

“Nearly all teachers (90%) report that their collaboration was helpful and the extent of their collaboration ranged from a mean score of 2.51 to 3.06 on a 4-point scale. Instruction-focused and assessment-focused collaboration were perceived as more helpful and extensive.”

Core Review Meetings (i.e.; 100%, Tier I, or Benchmark Meetings)

Three times a year, following universal screening, grade level teams, along with administrators and support staff, analyze these data to determine the health of core instruction and to identify which students may need interventions.  At these meetings the team also determines the essential priority skills for the grade level and agree on strategies for addressing these skill needs.

The Core Review, 100% Meeting process trained by the ORTIi team and utilized by their participating districts provides teacher teams with a collaborative, instruction focused meeting structure in which to examine student data and make instructional adjustments that are selected by teacher teams. This protocol and process supports teams as they move from congenial conversations to deep collegial conversations pressing in, examining skill specific performance of grade level students, and supports them in selecting highly effective instruction and active engagement strategies to implement in their classrooms.  Teams have the opportunity to support one another in implementation through peer support, a common focus and with support from leadership.  This is truly a team effort that includes teachers, specialists, and the principal.  

Consider watching the webinar below to learn more about the Core Review, 100% Meeting process.

Making the Most Out of Collaboration Time

The following are some useful resources and tips for increasing the effectiveness of your core review meetings:

1.    Bring a well-rounded team. This should include the principal, grade level teachers, interventionists, and specialists.  Moreover, all team members should be engaged and offer insight and action ideas for the team.  
2.    Set aside enough time to foster deep conversations and time for planning.  Hold an organized meeting using a clear agenda, designate roles (such as facilitator, note taker, and time keeper), and have materials and data prepared in advance.
3.    Provide background knowledge.  Ensure that everyone on the team has an understanding of the big five ideas of reading, the importance of core instruction, how to interpret the data, and how to match student skill need to an instructional action plan.
4.    Go public.   Following the meeting, share the priority skills and action plans in a public space, such as a staff room or display board.  This not only serves as a reminder for all, but also builds solidarity and fosters impromptu collaborations between staff members and across grade level teams.  
5.    Follow-up. Even the best-laid plans cannot benefit students if they are not implemented.  The most often overlooked, but most important component of the core review meetings is the follow-up support.   Principals and instructional leaders such as literacy coaches and/or RTI coordinators have an integral responsibility to ensure that plans created by teachers are used in the classroom effectively and consistently.  Leadership also paves the way for ongoing embedded professional development and support for new skills and strategies.  


Watch this webinar to:

•    Learn about the Core Review, 100% Meeting process
•    Get a chance to review the agenda in detail
•    Learn about the Problem Solving Process
•    See a meeting in action and get information on leading and facilitating a meeting.

 Before viewing, please make sure you have:
•    Printed our Core Review, 100% Meeting Agenda
•    Allotted 75 minutes to complete the session
•    A writing utensil and paper for note taking
•    It may help to select a facilitator to lead you through the process


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