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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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Barnett Berry

May 9, 2017

Meet John M. Holland, blogging lead for the teacher shortages roundtable discussion

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John M. Holland, Ph.D., NBCT, will lead the blogging roundtable discussion on teacher shortages this May and June. An early childhood educator in Richmond, Virginia, John has more than 20 years of experience serving his community's youngest and most vulnerable students.  

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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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Kristoffer Kohl

May 6, 2017

Three keys to foster collective leadership

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Most educators agree that collective leadership is an excellent way to handle decision-making in school, but fostering it is challenging. Three keys are essential for success in developing collective leadership: strong listening skills, transparency, and a solutions-oriented mindset. Using these keys can make a big difference in building collective leadership action schools. 

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Tori Mazur

May 3, 2017

Appreciating the Change

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Our students wrestle with the right balance of content and task navigation, but we are the ones who hesitate to tap, click and swipe with confidence.

 

The Internet of Things isn’t going to be static nor consistent.  The user experience will improve so long as instructional designers are employed to apply more scientific principles to student products, not just the consumer market.  


We’ve learned a lot in this first year of our pilot program, perhaps mostly about ourselves as adult learners in the Age of Change.

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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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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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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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