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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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Bill Ferriter

June 19, 2007

No word for learning

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My trip to Denmark is going quite well right now. The weather is more beautiful than I would have imagined, that's for sure. About 70 degrees each day with blue skies and lots of fun. I've wandered the streets of Copenhagen and seen plenty of evidence of why the Danes are regularly ranked near the top of the World's Happiest People list!

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JohnNorton

June 17, 2007

TLN reviews of professional books

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Let's say you have a real interest in professional books but not much time to read them. And it's time you don't want to waste. Who might you turn to for advice? Reviews of education books (as opposed to publisher's blurbs) are rather scarce and what can be found in a Google search is often not written through a teacher's classroom lens.

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Renee Moore

June 17, 2007

Where honor is due

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The end of the school year around the country has brought, what seems to me, a larger than usual number of teacher retirements. Granted, some of these will be greeted with cheers or sighs of relief. But many more will generate great sadness as we lose some of the best resources available to us in our resource-starved enterprise of public education.

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Bill Ferriter

June 15, 2007

Denmark's brilliant idea?

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So I'm scrambling around this morning trying to pack for what promises to be one of the most interesting weeks in recent memory for me:  As of 7:00 tomorrow morning, I'll be travelling to Denmark as a part of an experience sponsored by a great organization here in North Carolina called the Center for International Understanding.  I'll be spending my time in Copenhagen exploring the education system, economy and government----and sampling food from every local restaurant that I can find! 

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Renee Moore

June 14, 2007

The battle we must win

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So, we can put men on the moon, invade and run other countries, and create an economy that dominates the world....but we can't educate our own children? Says who?

Apparently, Jonah Goldberg in his June 12th editorial in the LA Times, "Do Away With Public Schools."  Goldberg argues: "Really, what would be so terrible about government mandating that every kid has to go to school, and providing subsidies and oversight when necessary, but then getting out of the way?"

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JohnNorton

June 13, 2007

Caution: Danger of switcher shock

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Facing a shortage of up to 100,000 teachers over the next decade, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed spending $12 million to begin a recruitment program for retiring baby boomers. The Associated Press says the plan seeks to convince late 50-somethings to "swap tech for teaching." 

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Bill Ferriter

June 10, 2007

Looking for something more

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I ran across a colleague yesterday at a graduation party for a former student that we both shared. Tim left teaching a few years back for a career selling insurance. I was pretty certain he was making the wrong decision at the time and tried to convince him to change his mind. "Tim, do you realize how unpredictable sales can be?" I asked.  "What is your family going to do if you have an off-month? Teaching may not pay well, but it always pays!"

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Bill Ferriter

June 7, 2007

Determining student needs. . .

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My recent post on the recommendations made by our Nation's TOY team has generated a pretty interesting conversation between two of my favorite readers, Parry and Matt.  Both writers are brilliant and make points that are legitimate in both theory and practicality. One early comment from Matt left me thinking.  He wrote: 

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