From potluck to teacher leadership

Perhaps the most inspiring step educators get to take is that first step into their own classrooms after landing an initial position at a school.…


7 Minutes

The power to disagree:
Building trust in teacher-powered schools

I remember sitting alongside Ayla Gavins, the principal of Mission Hill K-8 School, a teacher-powered school where I was working as a student…


8 Minutes

Modeling democracy in Teacher-Powered Schools

With close to 150 teacher-powered schools nationwide, there are countless examples of how teacher-powered creates engaged citizens. Take a look at…


7 Minutes

Teachers leading, leading teachers:
A reader's guide

As the holidays are fast approaching, I’m anxiously anticipating much-needed family time with loved ones. If you’re like me, you’ll also utilize…


4 Minutes

Shifting from me to we

I was losing my mojo in the classroom a few years ago. As a physical educator coming off my fourth knee surgery in six years with low back issues…


8 Minutes

School leadership: Just a larger classroom

With a classroom of over 400 students, it’s quite easy to be consumed with managing behaviors, teaching social emotional learning, providing mental…


9 Minutes

Confessions of a former teacher

I have a confession, and I also need to ask all classroom teachers for forgiveness. As recently as one day ago, I told a complete stranger that I am…


10 Minutes

Collaboration 2.0: A call for collective leadership

After 15 years in the field of education, including 10 (going on 11) years in the classroom, I still love my job. Though I entered the field through…


7 Minutes

All means All--And that includes leadership

Welcome to the new school year.  Room preparation, lesson plans, finding supplies for all your students and meetings will fill the days ahead.  And…


5 Minutes

Collective leadership: An approach, not a program

Why Collective Leadership Initiative? I am a firm believer that teachers will stay in a school only if they have a high quality leader in their…


6 Minutes