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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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Renee Moore

February 14, 2007

Soul searching

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This month, many students will learn about the Underground Railroad and its heroic participants. What they might not learn is what happened to those slaves whofollowed the North Star. Many reached Canada, built new lives, and established thriving communities. My mother was born in such a town in southwestern Ontario. Now called North Buxton, it was originally Elgin Settlement: The Community That Hope Built. What the former slaves built first were homes, churches, and schools.

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Renee Moore

January 21, 2007

"Nowhere to run to, baby... nowhere to hide"

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You have to understand, I was a 60’s Motown teenager, and becoming a teacher was nowhere in my life plans. For about 12 years, I freelanced locally. I also held several day jobs including: auto factory worker, bank file clerk, hospital emergency room clerk, and secretary. Along the way, I found time for marriage, children, and activism.

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Renee Moore

January 21, 2007

Parent involvement: Be careful what you wish for

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I love those TV home design shows. You know, the ones where an interior designer comes in and completely renovates somebody’s living room or kitchen (sometimes at no cost to the owner!).

These shows generally come in three types: The ones in which the work is done as a total surprise for the owner; ones on which the owner knows about the renovation, but is not present while it is being done; and the ones during which the owner is there every step of the way, often participating in the work, sometimes to the chagrin of the professionals.

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