Building Your Team

The educator builds an effective team based on the strengths of participants.
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About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The educator builds an effective teacher-powered leadership team based on individuals’ strengths in order to implement a project plan.

Method Components

Components of building your team

  • Based on the strengths of participants, identify a framework to use to build a teacher-powered leadership team. (See Resources, below.)
  • Explain how you will leverage your personal leadership strengths in a project. These were identified in the recommended prerequisite micro-credential, Understanding Your Leadership Strengths.
  • Describe the strengths you will need on your team to complement your own strengths.
  • Create a teacher-powered team to implement a project.
  • Identify a project you can work on with your teacher-powered team.
  • Complete a portion of your team’s project by leveraging team members’ strengths.

Research & Resources

Supporting Research



To complete this micro-credential, you may choose one of the following assessments or use another with which you may be familiar.

Compass Points: North, South, East, and West: An Exercise in Understanding Preferences in Group Work. This facilitation guide can be used by individuals or groups to identify preferred working styles/strengths.

Teacher-powered resources


Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1, 3, and 4 and a score of Proficient or Exemplary for each component in Part 2.

Part 1. Overview questions

Activity Description (200-word limit):

  • What kind of learning activities did you engage in to deepen your understanding of how to build an effective team? Please describe the learning activities and strategies you used and why you selected those materials.
  • Which leadership framework did you select for building your team? Why did you select that framework?

Team Description (250-word limit):

  • Describe your strengths and the strengths of the other people in the video.
  • What is the context for the meeting or project in the video?
  • What were the intended outcomes?

Part 2. Evidence/artifacts

Submit either a 10-minute unedited video, a recording of a virtual meeting, an asynchronous discussion thread, or other evidence of a collaborative meeting that demonstrates the use of strengths to build the team and leverage individuals’ strengths. This artifact can be related to either:

  • A meeting of a currently existing team, or
  • A meeting of your new teacher-powered team.

Your artifact submission will be assessed based on the following rubric. You must earn a score of Proficient or Exemplary on this portion of the submission in order to earn the micro-credential.

Part 3. Reflection on submitted evidence

Please respond to the following questions (500-word limit total):

  • How did you leverage your own strengths during the meeting?
  • In what ways were the strengths of other participants leveraged in the product?
  • How did you ensure that other participants were using their strengths?
  • How might everyone’s strengths be better leveraged? What do you want to keep in mind as you continue with this project?
  • Were there strengths missing from the group? How would you approach getting someone with those strengths on the team?

Part 4. Colleague reflections

Please respond to the following questions (200-word limit):

  • How did the person seeking this micro-credential help you discover your strengths?
  • What further support might you need from that person in using those strengths?
  • How might you pursue further opportunities for growth with your strengths in mind?

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Download to access the requirements and scoring guide for this micro-credential.
Requirements for Building Your Team
How to prepare for and earn this micro-credential - in a downloadable PDF document

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