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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 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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Barnett Berry

November 30, 2016

Why can’t professional learning be more like pizza?

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If we can customize pizza, shouldn't we be able to personalize professional learning? In this first of a series of four posts authored by KU doctoral students, Jeff Manning explores systems-level concerns and proposes solutions around time, professional autonomy, and accountability to advocate for more personalized professional learning for all teachers. 

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Barnett Berry

November 21, 2016

Voices from the field: The professional learning communities & experiences educators need

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Over the last several months I have had the pleasure of working with eleven graduate students at the University of Kansas. Together we explored how to develop and sustain high quality professional learning communities. It has been a rewarding experience that has included rich dialogue, research, writing, and virtual collaboration. Over the next several weeks three guest posts will be featured in this space chronicling what we have learned and discussed. We hope you will join the conversation by sharing your own ideas in the comments or via social media using #CTQCollab. 

 

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