Jenni Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy

What is the Jenni Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy?


To increase collective efficacy in schools in order to realize improved outcomes for all students.


Shape mastery environments in which everyone in an educational setting shares the belief that individually and collectively they have the capability to impact positive change.

Our Story

Entrenched beliefs are often a large barrier to implementation efforts in schools and school districts. One misguided belief, commonly held amongst educators, is that they lack the collective capability to impact the lives of their students over and above the influence of students’ homes and communities.

At the Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy, we help to dispel this myth by equipping teams to think differently about the impact they can have on student outcomes.

Since collective teacher efficacy topped John Hattie’s list of research identifying what matters most in raising student achievement, there have been many claims about what can be done to increase efficacy in schools.

It seems that just about anything under the sun that helps to build trust and community and makes teachers feel good about themselves can be efficacy enhancing. However, it’s much more complicated than that! The programs at the Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy are grounded in cognitive science and a deep understanding of the collective efficacy research.

The Center was created to serve as a hub that offers materials, programs, and services focused on helping educators in not only understanding the research but also in finding ways to enact research-based efficacy enhancing practices into their everyday routines.


Services Available


Two Year Collective Efficacy Program

Teams from schools and/or school districts enroll in a two year program focused on fostering collective efficacy in schools. In joining this network, school improvement teams will learn about the power of collective efficacy in overcoming the challenges and obstacles faced in schools today. Participants will examine how educators’ beliefs affect thought patterns in ways that either support or hinder quality implementation. Participants will collaboratively work toward fostering greater efficacy in schools so that the promise of improvement-oriented interventions become realized in practice.


Institutes and Webinars

We offer a variety of institutes and webinars designed to foster collective efficacy at all levels in your organization. Besides the descriptors outlined below, we can partner with your organization to customize half-day, full-day or longer-term institutes. We also support professional learning through cost-affordable webinars. Select from one or more of the topics below or contact us to collaborate on a customized session.



We have a number of keynotes (see one example below) designed to address different audiences (administrators, teachers, and/or support staff) and we can work with you to customize messages to suit your purpose and needs. Whether it’s a small gathering or a large conference you’re organizing, we can help by delivering key messages that will motivate the audience to take action and work better as a team in order to realize collective impact. Feel free to select the keynote described below or contact us with any additional requests.


On-Site Coaching

Our coaching program is designed to help guide teams through the change process. Coaches are experienced facilitators and have guided professional learning communities in schools for many years. Teams can come together to reinforce the status quo or reinvent learning and teaching. We help to ensure the latter by focusing our efforts on improving the quality of collaboration while keeping it focused on instructional improvement. This is largely accomplished through the utilization of high-quality professional learning structures and protocols. One or more of our expert coaches will work side-by-side with your team and leaders to help ensure success.


Team Members

Jenni Donohoo


Garth Larson


Don Smith


The Jenni Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy

If you are looking for ways to support collective efficacy in your school or district, please let us know how we can help. We will co-create customized plans based on your school’s reality and help ensure ALL schools have the tools and support necessary to foster Collective Efficacy throughout the entire district. We are here to help, please contact us today!

Contact our team

FIRST Educational Resources, LLC is committed to providing current and future educators throughout the United States with the most comprehensive and affordable support available to help improve the overall educational process of Teaching, Learning, and Leading.

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FIRST Educational Resources, LLC
5811 Seven Elms Drive
Winneconne, WI 54986

(920) 479-6504