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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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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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