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Sandy Merz

March 30, 2015

My Teacher Leader Manifesto


My Teaching is no longer limited to the work of preparing students for their futures. Instead, to be a TeacherI must also include working beyond the classroom to rebuild the profession and turn the country away from the abyss and toward a new day in education.

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Barnett Berry

March 9, 2015

Effective teachers for all classrooms? It's time for teacherpreneurs.


I will be speaking at the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai on March 15-16, 2015, when the Varkey Foundation will be awarding its $1 million Global Teacher Prize to a leading K-12 practitioner. This blog post offers an introduction to some of the ideas I'll contribute during #GESF.  

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Lauren Hill

January 2, 2015

How Principals Can Avoid "Administrator-itis"


My friend and colleague Scott Diamond was once a cancer research scientist. Picture all the wacky stereotypes you have about scientists and you’ll have a good idea of what Scott’s like: creative, eccentric, sharp-witted, full of nerdy charm.

Scott likes to tell stories about the lab he used to run at the University of Kentucky. He had multiple technicians and graduate students who would test his big ideas and report the details. Scott became accustomed to giving directions and waiting impatiently for the results.

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Deidra Gammill

November 25, 2014

A Night in the Life of a Teacherpreneur


It’s early Saturday morning, the bedside clock reads 2:21 and I’m still awake. On one side, my husband of almost a quarter century sleeps deeply. On the other our Australian shepherd sprawls, her doggy snores punctuated by twitching paws and soft whines as she chases squirrels in her dreams.  Between the two I am restless, overly warm despite the chill in the air, uncomfortable. I twist and turn, trying to create a little space for my legs, my elbows, to no avail. I’m trapped.

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Paul Barnwell

November 20, 2014

A day in the life of a teacherpreneur


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.

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Cheryl Redfield

November 4, 2014

The Yellow Brick Road: Path of Teacher-led Reform


In teacher-led education reform, big hairy audacious goals need the support of a collaborative team. Team members contribute time, resources, talent and share in the tasks that otherwise would be an impossible lift for one person. But who should be on the team? and Why?  One theory suggests that every good team must have Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion. Why?

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