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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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Five Ways Teacher-Powered Schools Use Data

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Teacher-Powered Schools Roundtable: TPSI Ambassador Rebekah Kang shares ways that they use data at her teacher-powered school.

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Teacher-powered schools open the doors to adaptive solutions

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Teacher-Powered Schools Round Table: TPSI Ambassador Jeff Austin shares ways in which teacher-powered schools are adaptive.

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How principals can support teacher leaders: Lessons from Glenn O. Swing Elementary School

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Ali Wright used to believe that the best thing for principals to do to support teacher leaders was to get out of their way. Now she thinks differently. In this guest post, Ali takes us behind the scenes at a school where shared leadership is achieving impressive results. 

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Marcia Powell

November 11, 2016

Welcoming the Old New Teacher

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It's been difficult for me these last two months, and I haven't been posting much.  At first, I thought perhaps it was just the difficulty of an election year, which bombards us with so much information that it is difficult to sort. On reflection, though, I realized I was struggling with a bout of frustration and anxiety regarding school.  A teacher leader I met via Twitter years ago has been there for me, and reminded me that there are things I cannot fix immediately.

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Julie Hiltz

October 31, 2016

Stop calling teachers "All-Stars."

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Lower tax revenues and increasing student enrollment is forcing some tough decisions about all kinds of expenditures in my school district lately, including teachers. Our superintendent, Jeff Eakins, has said repeatedly that the priority is “putting students first” and ensuring “we have our very best teachers in front of our students. I agree and I’m with him so far. Tough times require tough decisions, but the needs of students should always come first.  

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Julie Hiltz

October 23, 2016

What happens at conference doesn't stay at conference.

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I spent three days in Orlando last week at the Florida media specialist professional conference, Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). Being the only person in my position at my school, and having limited access to other media specialists in my district throughout the year, the collegiality and collaboration time I get at this event every year is immeasurable.

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Dylan Emerick-Brown

October 17, 2016

Howling for literary arts: How I connected my students to authors

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In 2013, when I started my English teaching career at Deltona High School in Deltona, Florida, it didn’t surprise me that many of my students didn’t like to write. The vast majority of writing done in school—and thus, in students’ lives—is in an academic format such as essays with clear introductions, supporting paragraphs with cited evidence, and summary conclusions.

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Sandy Merz

October 17, 2016

The Teachers of the Year Open Letter Is Partly Right but Mostly Wrong

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Nine state and national Teachers of the Year, two of whom I know personally, have published an open letter endorsing Hillary Clinton and arguing that they cannot remain neutral this election year. Putting aside for now the subject of how neutral a teacher is obliged to be regarding controversial issues (they mostly do, too), I’m going to both agree with and push back on how they characterize Trump and Clinton.

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Bill Ferriter

October 5, 2016

New #atplc Resource: Tasks Teams Tackle Document

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One of the questions that I get asked all the time when I'm working with schools and districts that are functioning as professional learning communities is, "We get that we are supposed to 'collaborate,' but what exactly does that MEAN?  What does collaboration look like in action?"

The simple answer to that question is that collaborative teams spend their time working together to answer four questions for every unit in their curriculum:

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