Collaborative Teams That Work

Reimagine the way your collaborative teams work!

The definitive program on how to transform your school into an authentic PLCs.

For school teams, one of the biggest challenges is actually knowing what to do in your time together to maximise student learning achievement. Based on the masterful book, Collaborative Teams That Work, this highly practical program provides definitive guidance for teams on the work they must do collaboratively, to have maximum impact on their own learning and that of their students.

You’ll find clarity in the process of working as a productive and efficient collaborative team, and get access to new resources and tools that will help support deeper and meaningful collaboration between team members. We’ll also share alternative approaches that teams can use to fit their own context, while maintaining a relentless focus on teacher practice and student learning. After all, that’s why we’re all here.


What past participants are saying

Help Your Team Have Maximum Impact

Does your team lack a united focus when it meets?

Is valuable team time being wasted trying to work out what the team is meant to be doing – rather than actually doing it?

Are team meetings seen as a hindrance to your work, rather than the forum for the real work to occur?

Wondering why your PLC endeavours aren’t producing the gains in student learning that research promises?

At their worst, collaborative team meetings can be yet another burden to bear – perhaps even a frustrating waste of precious time in a school day already overflowing with never-ending demands.

A real problem can arise when team members don’t know what research proven actions they need to commit to, and are expected to work collaboratively without a united understanding of what they should be working on together. In this situation, it’s very difficult to use the power of the team to have any real impact of improving levels of student achievement.

You’ll learn the essential evidence-based actions high-performing collaborative teams implement, and how to apply them in your individual school context.

You’ll also leave with new insights on how to overcome common challenges, measure impact and use clear processes to plan and conduct successful, high-impact collaborative team meetings.

Program Options

One or Two Day Leadership Retreat

This retreat shares key information and tips to create a bridge between the PLC research and what it looks like in schools.

  • Participants will learn about the 12 evidence based actions collaborative teams must take to truly transform both teacher and student learning.
  • Attendees leave the day/s with a blueprint for collaborative teams that they can use in their ongoing efforts to transform learning.

Peak Performance Program

A highly structured process for observing collaborative teams in action in order to provide them with specific feedback that accesses the team’s current reality and shapes their future direction against the Collaborative Teams That Work process.

  • This program involves observing collaborative teams and providing them with explicit feedback once per term.

What You'll Learn

Build Your Knowledge

Scrutinise the key actions and associated tasks that become the obsession of high-impact collaborative teams, and find out how to apply them to your current work.

Discover the Power of Action research

Equip yourself with a clear process for planning and conducting collaborative team meetings that will lead to better results.

Superpower Your Team

Discover the true work and focus of high-performing collaborative teams.

Strengthen Your Ability to Lead

Develop insights into how to overcome the common challenges of working as a collaborative team.

Uncover the True Use of Data

Learn how successful teams genuinely measure the impact they have on student learning, and what to do about it.

Discern the Importance of the Meeting Agenda

Learn how successful teams structure their agenda as the catalyst for engaging team members in ongoing cycles of learning.

Program Facilitators

Gavin Grift

Gavin Grift is the founder and CEO of Grift Education. His passion, commitment, humour and highly engaging style have made him one of Australia’s most in-demand presenters. Through his keynotes, seminars, and coaching services, Gavin connects with national and international audiences on how to cultivate authentic collaboration, build success in others and genuinely commit to reflective practice. He has led the development of PLC networks across Australia, culminating in the establishment of the Centre for Professional Learning Communities.

Gavin strongly believes that all students should have the same chances of success, but this is often dependent on the teacher they get. His mission is to help reduce ‘teacher lottery’ by developing teachers and leaders through transformational programs that focus on coaching, collaboration and teaching practice.

He’s also a best-selling author, with nine educational books under his belt, including Teachers As Architects of Learning, Five Ways of Being and Collaborative Teams That Work.

Colin Sloper

Colin Sloper is a leading expert and author on Professional Learning Communities. He works with systems, schools, leaders and educators to transform them into high-performing PLCs, and build their capabilities to operate as members of highly effective collaborative teams.

Colin’s skills as an educational leader, speaker and coach – alongside his practical advice and knowledge – are highly sought-after by educational organisations across all sectors.