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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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Joseph Bolz

October 1, 2016

Taking off the Binary Bifocals

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At the CCTM (Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics) conference this year, I had the honor to present an Ignite Session. The set-up of an Ignite is a 5 minute presentation where the powerpoint will move to the next slide every 15 seconds, whether or not you are ready. Inspired by recent events in our world and personal reflection, I wrote the following on discovering my position in the scheme of education and teaching. Below is the original piece, however, to fit the Ignite format, I had to greatly cut it down. The video to that can be found through the link below. Enjoy!

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Jessica Cuthbertson

September 30, 2016

A Tale of Two Schools: From Compliance To Creativity

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One of my teacher friends recently transferred schools. She is teaching the same developmental age group, the same content area, in the same district, at a school less than ten minutes from her previous school.

 

But that is where the similarities end. These two schools, in reality, are worlds apart.

 

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CTQ-CO

September 22, 2016

A leadership story: Learning and leading from CO teacher leader Joe Bolz

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Joe Bolz is a teacher leader serving in a hybrid role at George Washington High School in Denver, CO. In addition to teaching high school students every day, Joe is able to observe and coach his colleagues, sharing his expertise and spreading great ideas among the teaching faculty in his school. Because of this hybrid role, Joe has been able to share one of his passions: culturally responsive pedagogy.

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John Holland

September 18, 2016

In Art Kids Want Challenging Work

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I was really hoping to have more time to reflect on my new adventure as an art teacher but, as I am also a novice I have a plethora of small parts I am trying to figure out. This scrambling has made it hard to sit back and appreciate the moment. From organizing materials to getting a firm grasp on my standards I feel like I am constantly behind the curve. I am reminded of what I felt like when I first started 20 years ago and I would go into school at 6:30 in the morning to prepare.

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Brianna Crowley

September 15, 2016

Why I left a profession that I love

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After teaching in a high school classroom for 9 years, I left. Not because I didn’t still love teaching, and not because I didn’t have a vibrant classroom where students wanted to be. Not because I still didn’t feel like there were 1 million things to try and 3 million lessons my students still had to teach me.

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Ben Owens

September 12, 2016

Time to Rethink North Carolina's Teacher Compensation Model

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What would you think if you visited a local school and saw every teacher using transparencies on overhead projectors? You might assume you had time-traveled to an era when big hair and leg warmers were in vogue. You might wonder, where are the interactive whiteboards and touchscreens that help teachers personalize students’ learning? Similarly, our one-size-fits-all salary schedule for teachers is a model whose usefulness has come and gone.

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