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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

May 4, 2007

Performance pay webcast: Teacher voices needed!

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What if policy wonks talked about performance-pay for teachers, and no teachers came? It would be pretty much business as usual! You can keep this from happening during a webcast planned for Thursday, May 10 by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality and the Education Commission of the States.

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Bill Ferriter

May 2, 2007

Rewarding principals differently...

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One of my former principals was the most remarkable school leader that I've ever met. Early in our time together, he asked me what my future plans were. “Where are you going to be in five years, Bill? Clearly you could do most anything that you wanted to,” he said.

My instant reply was, “That depends on where you’re going to be in five years. I’ll be teaching sixth graders in room 2415 at least until you leave.”

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Bill Ferriter

May 2, 2007

Carnival of Education posted...

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Wednesday mornings are simply the greatest---and not because of the American Idol buzz around the water cooler!  You see, Wednesday is the morning that the weekly Carnival of Education is posted, collecting many of the best blog entries from education writers over the past week into one place at one time. 

This week's blog was hosted by Dr. Homeslice.  Check it out here, and don't be afraid of the carnies!  They're actually a friendly bunch.

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Bill Ferriter

April 30, 2007

Just another debate....

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One of the teachers that I most admire is a woman named Mary who works with some of the highest needs students in one of the poorest counties in her state. She is at once passionate and intelligent, understanding the complexities of issues that other teachers rarely work to tackle. More importantly, Mary is an outspoken advocate on what it takes to help restructure schools in high needs communities.

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Bill Ferriter

April 30, 2007

Bringing Miles the beef on teacher pay....

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Having spent the past year working with a group of highly accomplished teachers studying the issue of professional compensation for educators as a part of the first TeacherSolutions team, I was bothered by comments made by Miles Myers---a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Standards, Curriculua and Assessment---in the latest issue of Education Week

Mr. Myers wrote:

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