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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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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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Bill Ferriter

October 5, 2016

New #atplc Resource: Tasks Teams Tackle Document

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One of the questions that I get asked all the time when I'm working with schools and districts that are functioning as professional learning communities is, "We get that we are supposed to 'collaborate,' but what exactly does that MEAN?  What does collaboration look like in action?"

The simple answer to that question is that collaborative teams spend their time working together to answer four questions for every unit in their curriculum:

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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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