Impact Teams are teams of educators that partner with students,

Leading Impact Teams: Building a Culture of Efficacy

Impact Teams are teams of educators that partner with students. They innovate to expand student ownership and agency. They scale up their collective expertise to make a difference for ALL students.

What is the Impact Team Model?

The Impact Team Model is the only systemic PLC framework that involves students, educators, and families in every aspect of the learning process. It provides teams of educators (PLCs) with the structures needed to cultivate collective efficacy and shift the conversation from teaching to learning.


Impact Teams use this model to: ​​

  • Inspire learners to drive their own learning through collaborative inquiry 

  • Advance equity through quality implementation of the core practices of assessment for learning (learning progressions, use of exemplars, success criteria, effective feedback, self- and peer assessment, goal setting, and strategic revision)

  • Accelerate learning through gathering and analyzing evidence and taking collective action (EAA)

  • Cultivate dispositional learning to strengthen learners’ academic, emotional, and social capacities 

  • Create systemic clarity by co-constructing success criteria

  • Mitigate initiative fatigue by uniting federal, state, and district learning goals

Impact Team Success Stories

Harvest Valley Elementary
Menifee, CA

Harvest Valley wanted to strengthen students’ growth mindset, self-advocacy, and self-efficacy and agency.


Leading Impact Teams: Building a Culture of Efficacy combines some of the best innovations from the last decade to ensure a focus on changing the learning lives of students.

Maximizing this impact involves teachers learning from students about their impact–and this is the heart of formative evaluation, which in turn is the substance of collaborative inquiry among teacher teams.


 - Professor John Hattie, Visible Learning, 2009


Accelerate learning and innovate with the Empowered Learner eToolkit.

The eToolkit seamlessly integrates the Impact Teams Model to ensure that we accelerate learning by strengthening student ownership and agency.


Excellent teams build excellent schools!

Our belief and our experience is that every  school has what it takes to improve...EVERY school! The resources under the roof of a school building are extraordinary. The model combines two existing practices, formative assessment and collaborative inquiry, and promotes a school culture in which teachers and students are partners in learning.
We believe that when you create optimal conditions to expand student ownership - everyone will learn how to share, to fail, to reflect, to persevere, and ultimately celebrate success.

  • Build a culture of efficacy

  • Take collective action using high yield strategies

  • Clarify & calibrate learning goals, success criteria  

  • Maximize self & peer assessment 

  • Leverage learning progressions 

  • Expand evidence-based feedback 

  Dr. Paul Bloomberg & Barb Pitchford


Impact Teams Empower Students to Take Ownership