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Jessica Keigan

May 22, 2017

Teacher residencies: A foundation for teacher retention?

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A solid preparation program is the foundation for a successful career in any field. Teacher residency programs take a page from medical training programs to provide an immersive and practical learning experience for aspiring teachers. Explore with me how these programs prepare teacher candidates to start strong and feel confident continuing their careers in the classroom.

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Justin Minkel

May 15, 2017

Cracking the teacher recruitment and retention code

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I teach in a school that is 99% poverty yet has virtually 0% turnover. How has Jones Elementary cracked the teacher recruitment and retention code? Read how abstract “working conditions” like job flexibility, professional and personal growth, and advancement opportunities work together to create a culture of stability, mutual respect, and autonomy in this high-needs school.

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Kristoffer Kohl

March 31, 2017

Building collective leadership from the central office

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Collective leadership is the recognition of varied sets of skills and strengths that need to be called out and called up to operate as an organism rather than merely as a system. If you’re about cultivating success of all kids, then you have to recognize that it is impossible to do it alone, and no one person has all the knowledge, talent, skills, and experience to meet the needs of everyone in the system.

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Justin Minkel

March 28, 2017

Go far together: Lessons in collective leadership

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I learned the power of collective leadership in 2007, when I met 50 Teachers of the Year for the first time. Since then, I've learned a few lessons about collective leadership: First, collective leadership takes time. And, at its heart, collective leadership is collective teaching. In this post I explore learned truths about the importance of collective leadership as educators. 

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Barnett Berry

March 27, 2017

Collective leadership: Blurring boundaries and creating conditions for teachers and principals to lead together

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CTQ’s work has always been firmly grounded in teacher leadership. But now we  believe it’s necessary to take the distributed leadership model a step further, embracing a collective leadership framework that unleashes the leadership potential of both principals and teachers. Our vision for collective leadership is a public school system that encourages teachers and principals to lead together and creates opportunities for them to do so.

 

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Jessica Keigan

March 16, 2017

Confessions of a control freak

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When I began my teaching career fourteen years ago, I was flattered by how many people asked me to lead in a variety of contexts. Then I realized that I was often asked to lead because I would say yes, not because I was uniquely gifted for the task. This method of leadership leads to the unfortunate pattern of a small group of teachers being asked to do all of the leadership work which contributes to teacher burnout, and for the teachers who are never asked, the potential for the system to underutilize their voices and talents.

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Barnett Berry

February 20, 2017

Bold teacher leadership for equity and excellence in public education: Lessons for administrators

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Recently, there has been a lot of education policy talk about teacher leadership. More action has also been taking place—both in the form of fellowships with nonprofits and via more traditional career ladders in districts in cities like Washington, D.C., Denver, and Charlotte. However, in many cases, the concept of teacher leadership continues to be narrowly defined, and often by anyone but teachers themselves.

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