Embrace the "leader" in teacher leadership

Can you describe your leadership journey in six words? At my school district’s recent first Diversity Council meeting of the year, I asked teacher…


9 Minutes

Delicious ambiguity: Leading by the seat of your pants

When I began my career as a classroom teacher fifteen years ago, I could never have imagined the trajectory my professional life would take. First a…


13 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

If you are a teacher, you ARE a leader!

My supervisor and I were reminiscing about a time before I was a teacher leader, and she quickly responded, “Was there ever a time you were not a…


7 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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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The unending relay race to support our students

I have spent much of my “down time” over the last couple of months training to run the Hood to Coast 199-mile relay race in Oregon with some of my…


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