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Liz Prather

April 27, 2015

How To Be a Teacher Leader


CTQ blogger Sandy Merz recently posted “My Teacher Leader Manifesto” and challenged teacher leaders to write theirs. Instead of writing a manifesto, I decided to write a few thoughts about how one might become a teacher leader in his or her department, school or district.  These are some of the steps I have taken to develop as a teacher leader.

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Barnett Berry

April 27, 2015

Greece School District: What happens when administrators and teachers lead together


If you’re looking for an authentic and bold brand of teacher leadership in America, look no further than Greece, New York. Greece School District's visionary collaborative model of leadership for teachers and administrators is one that I hope many other districts will follow in the years to come.

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Justin Minkel

April 26, 2015

Students matter. Teachers, not so much.


When advocating for policies to better meet students’ needs, teacher leaders can’t afford to bury our lead: the students. We need to explain how the changes we advocate will improve learning outcomes for students, not just working conditions for teachers. If we fail to make that case, we’ll never see the changes our students need.

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Justin Minkel

April 11, 2015

Squished like a grape: Does teacher leadership hurt your teaching?


Of all humanity’s wisdom, most has been spoken in some form by Mr. Miyagi of The Karate Kid. Take the following:

“Walk on left side of road, safe. Walk on right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later, get squished just like grape.”

Teacher leaders know the perils of the hybrid path better than anyone. One stumble and you just might manage to alienate colleagues with the left foot, anger administrators with the right. You also might find yourself progressing as a teacher leader while stagnating as a classroom teacher.

Teacher leaders, how do you keep improving as a teacher while developing as a leader? How do you make the time it takes to do both?

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