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The future leadership of teachers

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Almost 30 years ago, Judith Warren Little, one of our nation’s most prominent scholars, offered a clarion call for teachers to lead school reform, not just be the targets of it. Since then teachers, slowly but surely, are beginning to serve in more expansive roles without leaving the classroom. In a piece originally published by TeachingPartners, Vicki Phillips and I cite examples of teachers leading in bold ways to explore the future of leadership of teachers.

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The courage to leap

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Many teachers find themselves faced with the decision to leap into the unknown and confront fear, hope, self-knowledge, and, ultimately, commitment to the profession that teachers make at crucial times in their careers. In this post, I share the stories of four teacher leaders—Jessica Cuthbertson, Jessica Keigan, Megan Allen, and Lori Nazareno—who chose to make that leap.

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Risks and rewards: Moving past the single story

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One powerful statement during a parent-teacher conference revealed the dangers of single stories. The moments that followed illustrate the importance of listening, sharing stories, and seeking to understand one another in building strong relationships with families.

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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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Nick Tutolo

August 9, 2016

Tracking: A Continuation of School Segregation

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Almost 4 years ago, I started at a new school as a 7th grade math teacher. On the first day of school, I taught two separate sections of math class—advanced math and math (or as my students called it “math for slow people”). My home base was a hallmark of diversity—a reflection of the city in every way. Every demographic was represented.  When I walked into the advanced math class, I could have been teaching in a different school entirely. Looking back at me was a sea of white faces. My mind began to wonder: In a school that is so diverse, how did we end up at this point? If as an outsider I was able to identify the problem on day 1, how had no one else recognized this as a problem?

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Bill Ferriter

August 6, 2016

"There Will Always be an Overhead."

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Marcy Hannula -- a fantastic teacher and friend who has challenged my practice for the better part of a decade -- was cleaning out her professional library the other day when she stumbled across a chapter in a book on computers in the classroom.

The graphic below caught her eye because she knew it would rile me up.  See if you can figure out why it drives me completely crazy:

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