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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

April 11, 2007

Saying goodbye to Maria

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It's been a difficult day for me because I just learned that yet another remarkable colleague is leaving education. Maria is young and motivated--having served as a cooperating teacher and accepting positions on school level leadership teams--yet she's been dissatisfied for a while now. "I'm 28," she told me, "and I'm afraid I'm going to get locked into the classroom if I don't make a change now."

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Renee Moore

April 11, 2007

High needs schools need high quality teachers

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Over the past year, I've had the privilege of working with an incredible national team of accomplished teachers on a first-of-its-kind report, released today, titled "Performance-Pay for Teachers: Designing a System that Students Deserve." The members of our TeacherSolutions team have taught every kind of student, in every kind of school. We are not beholden to any organization or association—our goal has been to bring the unique insights of successful teachers to one of the nation's most contentious education policy debates.

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Bill Ferriter

April 9, 2007

You kid are an A+...or are you?

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Grading has been something that I've wrestled with as a teacher for the better part of my fourteen-year career.  Teaching Language Arts--a subject that is highly subjective in nature--has made it difficult to feel as if I'm accurately assessing the true abilities of my students.  Determining the finer shades between "A" work and "B" work has been a constant battle. 

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Bill Ferriter

April 5, 2007

Still more on school choice...

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I don't know if you've been following the conversation that two of my readers Jake and Mike are having over on my "More on School Choice" post, but I've really been challenged by their thinking.  Both are clearly delinating two alternative positions about what is quickly becoming a critical issue in education.  Their thoughts are worth a read for everyone involved in educational policy conversations.

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Renee Moore

March 9, 2007

Value added or multiplied?

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Soon, our first TeacherSolutions group here at TLN will release a report on our study of performance pay for teachers. We looked at the history of this issue, the many failures along the way, the objections, the rationales, and most important, the benefits (if any) for students and teachers. One reason the performance- or merit-pay issue has been revived recently is the proliferation of standardized testing in K-12.

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