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

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

What Are Impact Teams?

Impact Teams create the culture and conditions for every teacher every day to answer the question: "What is my impact?" The Impact Teams model is a strengths-based approach that helps teacher teams:

  • Operationalize the highest influences on student learning by focusing on critical learning goals, analyzing evidence, and taking collective action

  • Partner with students to strengthen student ownership of learning and develop assessment-capable learners

  • Engage students in self and peer assessment by embedding formative assessment into the classroom

  • Build a culture of efficacy based on strengths, trust, collaboration, and the use of practical, easy-to-implement protocols

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,

Impact Teams System

Innovation Model

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


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