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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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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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