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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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Kristoffer Kohl

March 31, 2017

Building collective leadership from the central office

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Collective leadership is the recognition of varied sets of skills and strengths that need to be called out and called up to operate as an organism rather than merely as a system. If you’re about cultivating success of all kids, then you have to recognize that it is impossible to do it alone, and no one person has all the knowledge, talent, skills, and experience to meet the needs of everyone in the system.

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Justin Minkel

March 28, 2017

Go far together: Lessons in collective leadership

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I learned the power of collective leadership in 2007, when I met 50 Teachers of the Year for the first time. Since then, I've learned a few lessons about collective leadership: First, collective leadership takes time. And, at its heart, collective leadership is collective teaching. In this post I explore learned truths about the importance of collective leadership as educators. 

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Barnett Berry

March 27, 2017

Collective leadership: Blurring boundaries and creating conditions for teachers and principals to lead together

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CTQ’s work has always been firmly grounded in teacher leadership. But now we  believe it’s necessary to take the distributed leadership model a step further, embracing a collective leadership framework that unleashes the leadership potential of both principals and teachers. Our vision for collective leadership is a public school system that encourages teachers and principals to lead together and creates opportunities for them to do so.

 

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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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