November 20, 2014
by Paul Barnwell
When you take the complexity of teaching students--even if it’s only for a half day--and add it to navigating the world of policy, politics, adult learning, and new levels or organizational challenges, you’ve got a recipe for a VERY unique job. The variety of the day-to-day “to-do” list is dynamic, sometimes daunting, and never boring in the life of a teacherpreneur.
November 19, 2014
by Barnett Berry
Call it the worst-kept secret in education—and one of the field’s most baffling paradoxes. Why is a profession focused on learning so inept at supporting its practitioners to learn?
November 17, 2014
by Brianna Crowley
There's a brand new cohort of NBCT's, and I am one of them. My own journey began two years ago when I decided that one of my professional goals was to become a National Board Certified Teacher. Here's my story.
November 16, 2014
by William Tolley
It has taken 25 years for me to learn, see and understand the lessons that being a veteran has to offer the teacher...I believe any soldier, when you ask him to think about it, will say that—among the weapons, tactics and parachute training—the key lessons learned stemmed not from the weapons, tactics and parachute training, but from learning how to trust and learn from others.
November 12, 2014
by Precious Crabtree
As a young teacher I didn’t realize my voice mattered – but even if I had, I would have been afraid to use it.
November 11, 2014
by Cheryl Redfield
Teacher advocacy is not without its heart aches. But for those who persevere, what doesn't kill your career can transform you into a activist who rises like a phoenix. Read Katie's story and find out how she used the lowest point in her teaching career to jumpstart a new brand of teacher leadership!
November 10, 2014
by Deidra Gammill
As Americans, we tend to have a romanticized view of leadership in general. Our leaders are those at the forefront of the fray, the ones who are recognized, who have followers, right? They are the ones on the nightly news, the covers of biopics, and the go-to people when expertise is needed. Leaders are handpicked for their accomplishments. Isn’t that what being a leader is really all about? Being picked because you stand heads and shoulders above the rest?
November 7, 2014
by John Holland
Imagine an orchestra warming up for a performance. Every musician has a job, a specialty: tuba, timpani, and violin. The conductor taps his wand, and the orchestra starts.
But somewhere, in the brass section, there is a failure. The third trumpet is out of key, and the fourth trumpet starts playing music from the wrong page. The music falls apart.
November 6, 2014
by Lori Nazareno
Are you one of those teachers who has said, “I want to start a teacher-powered school” or had a conversation with your colleagues about what you would do if you were in charge?
If the answer was yes to either question, it is time get started.
November 1, 2014
by Kim Worth
Can a group of dynamic, ambitious, driven educators build a Professional Learning Community dedicated to a culture of trust? Is it a simple application of Occam's Razor? I believe it can be done and must be done for the sake of the children, staff, parents, and the world.