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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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Five Ways Teacher-Powered Schools Use Data

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Teacher-Powered Schools Roundtable: TPSI Ambassador Rebekah Kang shares ways that they use data at her teacher-powered school.

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Teacher-powered schools open the doors to adaptive solutions

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Teacher-Powered Schools Round Table: TPSI Ambassador Jeff Austin shares ways in which teacher-powered schools are adaptive.

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How principals can support teacher leaders: Lessons from Glenn O. Swing Elementary School

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Ali Wright used to believe that the best thing for principals to do to support teacher leaders was to get out of their way. Now she thinks differently. In this guest post, Ali takes us behind the scenes at a school where shared leadership is achieving impressive results. 

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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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Kristoffer Kohl

April 25, 2017

10 actions to build a culture of collective leadership

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How can leaders engage teachers during meetings? If we want teachers to lead each other and actualize the school's vision, teachers need a safe space to have conversations that build a sense of community and shared purpose. This post offers 10 ideas for faculty and team meetings to break down walls and build a culture that enables collective leadership to thrive.

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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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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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Kristoffer Kohl

March 10, 2017

What Hollywood gets wrong about transforming schools

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In CTQ's next roundtable blogging discussion, we’ll examine how education can move beyond individual rockstar teachers to collective leadership that elevates the profession. By expanding our leadership lens to include instructional coaches, administrators, and policy advocates, we see teacher leadership as part of a web of support and collaboration that enhances the ability of teachers to improve their practice.

 

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