Our virtual community is turning 11! To celebrate: 11 productive conversations to give you a rush of professional insight, whether you have an hour or just 5 minutes.

CTQ’s virtual community began in 2003 when we invited a handful of teacher leaders to join a listserv. We’ve grown a great deal since then—all the while fostering productive conversations about the past, present, and future of schools and the profession. Jump into these 11 discussion and blog posts in honor of our 11th birthday!

Three ever-so-simple steps to set your brain a-spinning:

  1. Open another tab or window. Navigate to http://www.teachingquality.org.
  2. If you’re already a Collaboratory member, click “log in” at top right. If you’re new, take three minutes to join the community (also at top right!).
  3. Eavesdrop (and comment!) on one or more of these conversations:

Teacher evaluation: Would you be ok with a colleague evaluating you? A contentious question.

The call of something more Wise words from Lori Nazareno, who launched a teacher-led school.

Improving school climate: Boosting collaboration and shared leadership Wow. Savvy teacher leaders, administrators, and policymakers will gobble up this discussion and draw on it to make decisions.

What does 2014 hold for the teaching profession?
Barnett Berry peers into a crystal ball of edreform.

From a classroom to a community of readers: The power of book clubs Being part of a book club gave Jessica Cuthbertson fresh ideas for inspiring readers.

Localized debate: When and how do you engage? Real talk about being an expert on your home turf.

How a rough first year became a career Share lessons learned early in your career.

Non-fiction’s boring! Or is it? What titles would you advise a media specialist purchase?

Whose profession is this anyway? The power dynamic may be shifting.

What if teachers were sorted by houses? No, really—it’s time to choose: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, etc.

Grading systems A simply titled post on a complex topic. What kind of “grading” (or non-grading) encourages student learning?

See you in the Collaboratory!

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