Staff utilizes best resources and expertise in the district or school to build the capacity of individual teachers, which will result in increased best practices in the classroom. Teachers are empowered to share their strengths with colleagues through explicit, embedded structures or practices during regular dedicated time. Data supports the needs and practices shared among staff members, and staff is supported and held accountable for implementing the new expertise and strategies.
John Muir Middle School focuses on building the capacity of its teachers as a way to close the achievement gap. Through the Core + More initiative, teachers use data to identify students with learning gaps and schedule them into additional programming. For example, students who need extra support for learning mathematics are scheduled in a specialized math section to build foundational knowledge (focused on filling the gaps) and then a second section of core math.