“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In honor of the holiday on which this post is published, I open with the words of a highly regarded leader. One who “leads from the front” as Renee Moore aptly titled her 2011 post. A leader who did not see leaders as “special” people, but merely people who were standing up for what was right.
This post begins a five-part series of gathered resources that examine leadership through the writings of educational leaders. Teacherpreneurs and advocates who took their first steps of faith and found themselves standing up for what was right in their classrooms, their communities, and their schools.
To borrow another quote from Dr. King: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” In working with students– the leaders of tomorrow–teachers know about all those things that matter: equity, empathy, and empowerment. But how often are we silent when those very things are diminished in our classrooms and schools? Could your teacher leadership first step be breaking that silence and speaking out?
I hope the gathered resources I share will help you to find inspiration, passion, and influence as a teacher leader. In anticipation, here’s a video produced by a teacherpreneur about teacher leaders defining their role.
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