Developing Sustainable Teams

A range of educators is needed to make postsecondary work a school-wide effort  where all adults feel a shared sense of responsibility to help students reach their goals. 

At Network for College Success partner schools, Counseling Departments and/or Postsecondary Leadership Teams (PLTs) are responsible for leading school-wide postsecondary work. Unlike Counseling Departments, PLTs often include teachers and administrators in addition to Counselors and College & Career Coaches. PLTs are an effective way to support comprehensive college access programming, with particular regard for the needs of first-generation students and/or diverse students. Experience tells us that key performance indicators on college access move when there is a coordinated team effort and a clear plan for the work.

Tool Set C contains many rich examples of school-based artifacts on postsecondary work and team planning. They are great tools to reference as you begin the planning process or reflect on team activities throughout the school year.

Use the Tool Set

The full Integrating a Developing Sustainable Teams Tool Set is available for download. The download includes the four tools in this Tool Set.

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A Strategic Approach to Postsecondary Leadership Teams

Sample work products from Washington High School on their approach to postsecondary success, including the various roles and responsibilities of educators.


Postsecondary Leadership Team: Responsibility Chart

A sample chart from Julian High School that shares how the school community approaches postsecondary programming by illustrating various tasks and corresponding stakeholders.


Annual Postsecondary Plan

An annual postsecondary plan from Bowen High School that outlines the work of a Postsecondary Leadership Team across grade levels.


Modified Fishbowl Protocol and Observation Tool

This is a protocol school teams can use when examining postsecondary data and collectively thinking about implications for the work. The Network for College Success recommends the Fishbowl protocol in professional learning communities or during school-wide professional development.