Colleagues Working Together

Coaching that Transforms Collaborative Teacher Teams

Multi-Part Series


February 6, February 7, February 15, and February 16, 2023

School Teacher


3:00 pm -

4:00 pm Central Time

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Sessions Occur on Zoom





Recorded Access Until May 31, 2022

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Whether you are a brand new coach, or a coach looking to expand your skill set, these sessions will help you identify how to nudge your collaborative teacher teams to achieve greater impact on student learning. As coaches, if we aren’t coaching for equity we are complicit in reproducing an inequitable system. We can coach and take action in what we see in schools, where we look, who we listen to, our self-awareness, and finally, what we say about what we see and hear. We have a professional obligation to lead and coach in a way that surfaces and interrupts inequities and transforms practices that help us to create the schools children deserve.


These sessions will offer an opportunity to reflect on ways of being, identity and how to support teams in navigating the stages of team development. This contributes to cultivating the conditions that create the optimal learning conditions to build trust, connections and psychological safety that teams need in order to engage in cognitive dissonance necessary to embrace innovative practices that disrupt the status quo and help center equity. When this foundation has been laid, teams can more effectively reflect on how their social identities shape how we see ourselves, our students, our families.


As a result of participating in this series, Instructional Coaches will have strategies that:

  • support reflection and exploration of self

  • support teams through forming, norming, storming, performing stages of team development

  • support coaches in how to help educators explore beliefs and mindsets

  • facilitate asset based, student centered conversations and planning for a diverse normative


Maria Dyslin born in Spain, moved to the United States at the age of 8 as an emerging bilingual. Maria has been in education since 1997. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, and her teaching license and Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in the Teach for Diversity program. She taught for 11 years in grades 2-4 and then served as an instructional coach for 9 years—coaching teachers and teams around instructional practices and effective collaboration. 

Maria was inspired to expand her work to impact more students and staff and is currently an elementary principal. Maria is committed to creating a collaborative environment where staff can reflect, inspect, and adjust instruction and environments that meet the needs of all students. Maria has also served as an adjunct literacy instructor at Concordia University in both the teacher certification program as well as the graduate reading program. Her passion and enthusiasm for inspiring students and staff in order to create a more just educational system drives all she does.
Maria has led the implementation of professional learning communities, universal instruction in social emotional learning ( including PBIS, Responsive Classroom, Second Step, Restorative Practices) multi-tiered systems of support and equity. Maria facilitates powerful professional learning around literacy, standards-aligned instruction and assessment, rigorous teaching, data analysis, and professional learning communities.

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Session Information

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Session 1

Emotional Intelligence as Foundation to Collaboration

In this session, Maria Dyslin will talk about how the exploration of self is integral to building high functioning collaborative teacher teams. Maria will offer suggestions about how to go about building skills in these areas to create the conditions for psychologically safety and trust building, the foundation to a strong team that can lean into courageous curiosity and cognitive dissonance.

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Session 2

Cultivating Brave Spaces That Embrace Cognitive Dissonance

In this session, Maria Dyslin will talk about how to support teams through forming, norming, storming, performing stages of team development. We will unpack each of the stages and talk about key skill sets, processes and structures that help teams build team efficacy.

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Session 3

Beliefs and Ways of Being

In this session, Maria Dyslin will guide coaches through a series of reflections intended to help them explore what working towards equity means and how exploring their own identity markers and beliefs are critical steps in coaching others for equity.

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Session 4

Proactive Planning for Diverse Needs

In this session, Maria Dyslin will offer a framework  teams can engage in when looking at student data that grounds teams in asset based, student centered conversations. Maria will offer a pathway where teams can use their data analysis to plan for a diverse range of learners.