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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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JohnNorton

July 21, 2007

Radically different views of high school reform

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It's interesting to compare a recent report (June 2007) by the Alliance for Excellent Education, In Need of Improvement: NCLB & High Schools, with reflections on high school reform ina PBS interview with teaching scholar Linda Darling-Hammond last December.

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JohnNorton

July 19, 2007

Safe social networking at school

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Parents (and more than few teachers) tend to freak when they hear the phrases "social network" and "learning activity" in the same breath. MySpace and Facebook have done that for us. But when you consider the potential power of the software behind web-based social networking tools, you begin to look past the content of the scary sites you've heard so much about and start thinking, "There's a huge teaching opportunity here."

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Bill Ferriter

July 16, 2007

Calling audibles . . .

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Several members of the Teacher Leaders Network and I were engaged in a focused conversation over the past few days with a researcher who wanted to assess teacher perceptions towards scripted curricula. It proved to be a very interesting conversation about an issue that is playing an increasingly important role in education---especially in schools serving poor and minority students. 

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JohnNorton

July 16, 2007

Uncovering teacher leadership

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In their 2007 book from Corwin Press, editors Richard Ackerman and Sarah Mackenzie offer a large collection of essays aimed at Uncovering Teacher Leadership. This important and weighty book (416 pages), which includes thoughtful pieces by several members of the Teacher Leaders Network, is critiqued by TLN'er Susan Graham in the latest addition to our extensive collection of professional-book reviews.

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JohnNorton

July 12, 2007

Topsy turvy civics lesson

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Civics and social studies teachers (and others with a suitable "hook") who have an interest in sparking student discussions around America's budget allocations will find this story at Edutopia of interest. It highlights a campaign sponsored by political activist and Ben & Jerry's ice cream cofounder Ben Cohen to call more attention to what he believes are skewed Congressional spending priorities, which devote 50 percent of the U.S.

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Renee Moore

July 12, 2007

Caution: Road work ahead

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Commenting on states’ use of growth models to satisfy NCLB, Secretary Spellings reminds us: '...they must lead to all students achieving at grade level or better in reading and mathematics by 2014.'

What exactly is 'at grade level'? Who decides?

Kati Haycock of Education Trust added this clarification: “Actually, the law sets a goal of all kids (or, actually, not quite all) PROFICIENT by 2014. Some states (--and, frankly, also the Secretary of Education) just like to use the term 'at grade level'."

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Bill Ferriter

July 8, 2007

Defining a profession. . .

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One of the constant debates raging in conversations about education in America centers on the idea of whether or not teaching is a true profession. 

Many would argue that teaching is a true profession based on the commitment, dedication and training of educators which neatly parallels other professions.  Others see teaching as something more akin to a skilled trade that can be easily mastered by anyone.  Rancor tends to define this debate as advocates vehemently argue in favor of their unyeilding position.

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