As the global narrative on teaching begins to shift, research shows that investing in high-quality professional learning systems is key to school improvement. The newly-published Flip the System, which features chapters written by members of the CTQ Collaboratory and CTQ staff, explores the role of teacher leaders.
It’s time for you, Mr. President, to remind Americans of the paramount significance of education; how schoolsconcretely—and sublimely—affectour lives, the health of the nation and the greater good of a broader world. As your actions over the past month have shown, sometimes a leader needs to intervene, ignore the point/counterpoint analysis and inspire the efforts of opposing sides towardbroader approaches and bolder solutions.
The parent-teacher relationship seemed peripheral at best when I started teaching. Now that I'm getting ready to send my oldest child to Kindergarten, I'm dreaming big about it. My greatest hope? That you'll be the expert and keep me in check.
Change in education in inevitable. Some change we come to expect because of the nature of our work--students will move on and colleagues will eventually retire. We celebrate and appreciate these kinds changes.
But what kind of sustainable systemic change can be made in education that will address teacher attirition as well as stem the constant flurry of education reform?
As I prepare to say goodbye to my 8th graders and close one professional chapter in order to plan for a new role next school year, I reflect on the benefits of teacherpreneurism and share my hopes for scaling teacher leadership in my school district. This post is written with deep gratitude for my CTQ Family: thank you for helping me spread my teacher leader wings, and for working tirelessly to reframe public education, so that teachers are viewed as the solution and lead experts to a more just and equitable system that serves all students.
What does authentic assessment look like in practice, and how does it differ from traditional assessment? What are the benefits — and challenges — of authentic assessment on teaching and learning? Over the next two months, educators from across the country will share the risks and reward of authentic assessment.