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Ariel Sacks

October 1, 2014

Why Professional Development Sessions Must Include Real Experiences


This year, nearly every teacher in America will experience hours and hours of prepared, often mandatory professional development sessions.  The range will be huge—from useful to not very, from inspiring to practical, to grating or sleep inducing.  Many teacher leaders are moving into roles that require them to lead professional development workshops for teachers.  There is so much potential to spread expertise around our profession, but how do you create a great PD session? 

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Dave Orphal

September 29, 2014

Let the Countdown Begin


Imagine, if you will, professional development designed to build the capacity of teacher leaders?  Imagine, PD driven not by someone else's agenda, but rather organized about teachers' own ideas for school imporvement?  Imagine actually being excited about PD for an entire year and having a ready-made network of like-minded professionals poised to support your efforts?

If you can, then you might be thinking about the Teacher Leadership Initative.

Read on...  This is NOT the Twilight Zone...

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Brianna Crowley

September 25, 2014

How Becoming a Connected Educator Saved my Teaching Career


I was 26, starting my fourth year of teaching, and in danger of becoming part of the 50% of new teachers that quit by year five in the classroom. Although I could recognize areas for growth in my teaching practice, I was frustrated at best (demoralized at worst) by the one-size-fits-all approach to my professional development.

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Sandy Merz

September 23, 2014

Arizona Rocks Teacher Leadership


If you see "Arizona" and "Education" in a headline, expect bad news to follow. But not for long, given the rate that we are incubating, hatching, and nurturing teacher leaders.

In fact, as far as teacher leadership goes, Arizona is becoming a beacon unto the nation.

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Kim Worth

September 20, 2014

The Elevator Speech: Finding Possibilities In 13 minutes


If you only had the time it takes to ride an elevator from the first floor to the twelfth, could you describe your ideal school before the door opened and closed on the twelfth floor.  Preparing to talk to a potential partner in my quest to open my own school, I needed to do just that, metaphorically.  Elevator door opens, and.....

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