Dr. Jenni Donohoo

Dr. Jenni Donohoo

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Education and Learning Facilitator, Best Selling Author

Jenni Donohoo, PhD, is a three-time, best-selling author and professional learning facilitator with more than 20 years experience in leading school change. Jenni’s three books include: Collaborative Inquiry for Educators: A Facilitator’s Guide to School Improvement, The Transformative Power of Collaborative Inquiry: Realizing Change in Schools and Classrooms (co-authored by Moses Velasco) and Collective Efficacy: How Educators’ Beliefs Impact Student Learning.

Jenni completed her doctorate in 2010. Her dissertation focused on fostering metacognition in adolescent students. In addition to her writing and consulting work, Jenni is on contract with the Council of Ontario Directors of Education. In this role she works alongside system and school leaders in order to improve the quality professional learning and collaboration in schools and districts. Jenni has also designed and taught Experienced Principals’ Courses for the Ontario Principals’ Council and Additional Qualification courses for the University of Windsor. Jenni is the past president of Learning Forward Ontario.

Jenni has been a keynote speaker at conferences including the Annual Visible Learning Conference, Corwin’s Women in Education Conference, and the LEAP Conference in Australia. She has also presented breakout sessions at numerous conferences and in school districts across the United States and Canada.


  1. Harness the power of collective efficacy to achieve quality implementation!

Designed to overcome a common barrier to successful implementation of school improvement efforts–entrenched belief systems–this book digs deeper into the power of collective efficacy. Teams with a strong sense of collective efficacy devise ways to make “what’s supposed to work” actually work, and find ways to exercise control over challenges that surround them. In addition to the examples from both inside and outside of education, readers will find
• Ways to create environments that tap into mastery as the number one source of collective efficacy
• Methods to strengthen vicarious experiences through observational learning
• Examination of social persuasion and affective states as additional sources of collective efficacy

Expanding on this critically-important topic, this book accentuates the importance of collective efficacy as the single most important driver of student achievement and the key to successful implementation. This book is the spark you need to look at implementation in a completely new light.

2. Is your school climate promoting meaningful change?
Recent research suggests that Collective Efficacy (CE) is the number one factor influencing student achievement.

Collective efficacy – the belief that, through collective actions, educators can influence student outcomes and improve student learning – is changing the educational ecosystem. A faculty with high collective efficacy shows greater effort and persistence, as well as a willingness to try next teaching approaches, and attends more closely to struggling students’ needs. This book presents practical strategies and tools for increasing student achievement by sharing ​

  • a rationale and sources for establishing collective efficacy

  • conditions and leadership practices for collective efficacy to flourish

  • professional learning structures/protocols that promote collective efficacy.

3. Collaborative Inquiry

Teachers are powerful change agents in the on-going process of school improvement. This insightful, must-read guide helps school leaders shape the development of a sustainable professional learning culture. Practical suggestions and in-depth research shed light on your path as you explore the benefits and challenges of adopting authentic teacher collaboration across schools and districts. A follow-up to Jenni Donohoo’s best-selling Collaborative Inquiry for Educators: A Facilitator’s Guide to School Improvement, this book will quickly move you from theory to practice. Learn valuable lessons from leaders’ experiences in the field and discover:

  • A rationale and framework for engaging in inquiry

  • The vital conditions needed to ensure systemwide collaboration

  • Common pitfalls and the four stages of school improvement​​

4. Collaborative Inquiry

Collaborating for improved student outcomes makes sense. But beyond theory, do you know where to begin? How does a team gather, analyze, and then implement and evaluate learning objectives while engaging students and meeting school agendas? Without directed guidance, it’s easier said than done.

Aligned to current Learning Forward standards and based on the latest professional development research, Collaborative Inquiry for Educators deconstructs the collaborative inquiry process. This step-by-step guide gives facilitators tools to move teams toward purposeful, productive, and impactful collaborative work. Unlock your team’s ability to work together to improve instruction and increase student achievement.

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Speaking topics

What’s Essential in Developing Student Self-Efficacy for Online Learning? 

Student self-efficacy are the judgments students make about their own capability to accomplish what they are being asked to do. Students who have low self-efficacy doubt their abilities, lack motivation, and give up easily.

Students with a high sense of self-efficacy are very confident, internally motivated, and put forth greater effort – despite challenging circumstances. While internal motivation is highly desirable in face-to-face situations, it is a necessary precondition for online learning. In this session, teachers will learn how self-efficacy beliefs create differences in students’ online learning experiences and gain practical strategies for increasing students’ self-efficacy.

Maintaining Collective Efficacy: Let’s Not Let COVID-19 Place Efficacy At-Risk

To improve student learning, collective teacher efficacy is the most powerful influence educators can avail. At a time when efficacy beliefs might be waning based on the challenges posed from COVID-19, it’s important to consider the role of collective efficacy in relation to educator’s capacity to confront and adapt to the consequences of the pandemic. It’s ever so important to capitalize on the sources of efficacy so that we can harness its power and remind educators that together we have what it takes to overcome challenges.


Leadership Efficacy 

A principal’s sense of leadership efficacy is importantly linked to both the enabling conditions that foster efficacy amongst teachers and their effects on student achievement. Research has identified district conditions that contribute to a leader’s sense of efficacy and the collective efficacy amongst the administrators within and across schools in a district. We will examine the research behind these connections and discuss ways to foster a principal’s sense of efficacy.

Achieving Quality Implementation: The Role of Collective Efficacy

Successful educational reforms are defined by deep levels of implementation of what is known to work best in systems, schools, and classrooms. When educators share a sense of collective efficacy, it results in deeper implementation of high-leverage leadership and instructional practices. System and school leaders efforts toward successful chage reforms are better served by strategically and intentionally considering how to foster collective efficacy throughout the enactment and assessment of change initiatives. In this keynote, Jenni examines ways to foster collective efficacy in support of deeper implementation of evidence-based practices in schools and classrooms.

Participants will:

  • define quality implementation and identify factors for successfully scaling change initiatives in schools;
  • know three ways in which a lack of efficacy hinders quality implementation;
  • know three ways in which a firmly established sense of efficacy serves to support quality implementation;
  • understand how to motivate teams and create opportunities for mastery experiences and vicarious experiences (as efficacy shaping sources).

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