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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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Jessica Keigan

March 16, 2017

Confessions of a control freak

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When I began my teaching career fourteen years ago, I was flattered by how many people asked me to lead in a variety of contexts. Then I realized that I was often asked to lead because I would say yes, not because I was uniquely gifted for the task. This method of leadership leads to the unfortunate pattern of a small group of teachers being asked to do all of the leadership work which contributes to teacher burnout, and for the teachers who are never asked, the potential for the system to underutilize their voices and talents.

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Kristoffer Kohl

March 10, 2017

What Hollywood gets wrong about transforming schools

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In CTQ's next roundtable blogging discussion, we’ll examine how education can move beyond individual rockstar teachers to collective leadership that elevates the profession. By expanding our leadership lens to include instructional coaches, administrators, and policy advocates, we see teacher leadership as part of a web of support and collaboration that enhances the ability of teachers to improve their practice.

 

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Barnett Berry

February 20, 2017

Bold teacher leadership for equity and excellence in public education: Lessons for administrators

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Recently, there has been a lot of education policy talk about teacher leadership. More action has also been taking place—both in the form of fellowships with nonprofits and via more traditional career ladders in districts in cities like Washington, D.C., Denver, and Charlotte. However, in many cases, the concept of teacher leadership continues to be narrowly defined, and often by anyone but teachers themselves.

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