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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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Barnett Berry

December 29, 2016

A shift in strategy: CTQ rings in the new year with roundtable discussions

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We know the impact that one teacher leader can have in their school and on the system as a whole. And we believe unleashing the collective capacity of educators (teachers and administrators) is the key to creating an equitable public school system that serves all students and their communities. To amplify this belief, the Center for Teaching Quality is shifting its blogging strategy, transitioning from a community of individual bloggers to a roundtable discussion approach. Learn more about this strategy here and join the conversation.

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Bill Ferriter

December 24, 2016

Top Five Radical Reads of 2016

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One of my favorite things about the end of December and the beginning of January are the summaries that bloggers share with their networks detailing the posts that drew the most attention in digital spaces.  By pulling the best pieces to the forefront, they make it easy for me to quickly find important thoughts that I missed in my feed reader during the course of the year.

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Barnett Berry

December 15, 2016

Three steps to increase collaboration

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Whether you’re a new adjunct professor on a college campus or a veteran faculty member at an elementary school looking to make new connections, we could all use a little more collaboration in our daily work. In this guest post, KU graduate student Lori Voss-Schoonover offers three ways to increase collaboration in both higher ed and K-12 learning environments.

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Bill Ferriter

December 14, 2016

Three Tips for Novice Bloggers

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Over the last several weeks, I've had the chance to connect with some really terrific teachers right here in my own county.  That's been a refreshing change of pace for me simply because the majority of people that I've connected with over the course of my time in social spaces have lived hundreds and thousands of miles away.  What I'm digging the most is that many of my newest peers are just beginning their blogging journeys.

As a guy who has "been there and done that," I've been offering tons of tips designed to help them find the same satisfaction that I do as a blogger.

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Barnett Berry

December 10, 2016

Three ways to take novice teachers from tentative to tenacious

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Self-efficacy is a critical component of teacher development. In this guest post, data scientist and KU graduate student J.J. DeSimone explores why self-efficacy is so important and provides two easy ways to increase the self-efficacy of novice teachers in your school. 

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Bill Ferriter

December 3, 2016

Wonder = Joy. (And Joy Should be Shared!)

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Longtime Radical readers know that there are few people who have influenced my practice as much as Dean Shareski.  Dean has pushed my thinking around everything from the role that humor and humanity should play in our digital spaces to the role that students should play in assessing their own learning.  When I look back at the practices that I use in my classroom, I see elements inspired by Dean everywhere.

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