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John Holland

June 24, 2017

Want to increase teacher retention? Redesign induction to focus on new teachers’ needs

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How can districts redesign induction programs to support teacher retention? In this post, roundtable blogger Brian Curtin shares how he proactively collaborated with a colleague to redesign induction framed around three key actions. The result? Amazing attrition data and long term support for new teachers. 

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John Holland

June 17, 2017

Changing the conversation: Too smart NOT to teach

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What action steps are needed to change the conversation about teaching? In this guest post Roz Byrne looks at examples from global leaders on how to solve the teacher shortage crisis by changing how American society views and values the profession. Teachers can start by telling students that they are too smart NOT to teach.

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John Holland

June 4, 2017

Turning "Too smart to teach" into a moment of motivation

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A high school teacher once told Krista Galleberg she had “too much potential” to become an elementary school teacher. While initially discouraged from pursuing a career in education, the Teacher Powered Schools movement rekindled her interest in classroom teaching, and inspired her to create and launch a student-run organization for other college students interested in the profession.

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John Holland

May 29, 2017

Experiential learning: Best practice for students (and their teachers)

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How are teachers being prepared for the classroom in other parts of the world? Many countries are providing education students with more clinical practice in real school settings. In this roundtable post, guest author Jessica Roberts advocates for pre-service teachers getting into classrooms earlier and more often.

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John Holland

May 7, 2017

Dear Future Teacher: Why we need you to choose and stay in the profession

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The latest roundtable discussion on teacher shortages launches with this letter to future teachers. Roundtable lead John Holland challenges readers to move beyond the #ThankATeacher rituals of Teacher Appreciation Week. If we believe teachers truly matter, we must listen to their ideas, and honor the reasons they choose to teach (and stay) in this complex and challenging profession. 

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John Holland

September 18, 2016

In Art Kids Want Challenging Work

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I was really hoping to have more time to reflect on my new adventure as an art teacher but, as I am also a novice I have a plethora of small parts I am trying to figure out. This scrambling has made it hard to sit back and appreciate the moment. From organizing materials to getting a firm grasp on my standards I feel like I am constantly behind the curve. I am reminded of what I felt like when I first started 20 years ago and I would go into school at 6:30 in the morning to prepare.

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John Holland

August 20, 2016

White Privilege is Easy

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Over the next month, teachers will be taking part in a social justice roundtable discussion in the CTQ Collaboratory and on Twitter with #CTQCollab.

One idea that I have found to be true in American society is this:

Power Protects Power

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John Holland

July 13, 2016

The Novice Advantage: The Joy of Uncertainty

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I didn’t think that at this point in my career I would be entering my classroom as a novice. Next year I will begin my 20th year teaching but my first year as an art teacher. I am ready to take on this challenge, but I have found myself much more comfortable with my uncertainty after reading The Novice Advantage: Fearless Practice for Every Teacher. Some of my comfort comes from realizing that uncertainty is one of the strengths of the novice mindset.

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