Posted by Barnett Berry on Thursday, 12/29/2016
Since 2003, teachers (and now growing numbers of principals) have connected and shared their thought leadership in the evolving CTQ Collaboratory (initially our Teacher Leaders Network). For well over a decade we have cultivated individual teachers as thought leaders, helped practitioners incubate ideas and solutions on a range of problems of practice, and supported scaling their impact at the local and systems level. Our work has been decidedly grass-roots as the system of public education was not quite ready for our bold brand of leadership from the classroom.
We know the impact that one teacher leader can have in their school and on the system as a whole. And we believe unleashing the collective capacity of educators (teachers and administrators) is the key to creating an equitable public school system that serves all students and their communities. In 2017, we anticipate more philanthropies as well as state agencies, school districts, and other non-profits (and even a few for-profits) will turn to building the capacity of teachers and administrators to lead next generation school reforms.
To amplify this belief, the Center for Teaching Quality is shifting its blogging strategy.
By transitioning from a community of individual bloggers to a roundtable discussion approach, we will engage a range of thought leaders in the education community to problem-solve public education issues through focusing deeply on a topic or theme over a two-month time period. Unlike one-off blog posts, roundtables offer thought leaders the opportunity to examine the most interesting questions, issues, and work in the field from multiple angles as a collective. By focusing on one topic or theme at a time, writers are able to deeply examine the implications and nuances of an issue, and build upon each other’s thinking publicly. This strategy also allows bloggers to flexibly and creatively bring their experiences and voice to a subject while simultaneously amplifying the bigger picture work happening both within CTQ and in the broader field of public education.
In practice, this strategy will support the public education community by:
Examining a topic or theme from multiple angles and lenses of experience and contexts, including historically underrepresented voices from the field
Providing multiple entry points for engagement (blogging, commenting, social media sharing, Twitter chats, asynchronous dialogue, etc.)
Amplifying ideas, messaging and educator expertise on social media through streamlining and discussing common themes and topics
Distributing thought leadership throughout the organization, beginning by charging the committee of roundtable leads, a group of seven practicing teacher leaders, with ownership and organization of the work for each roundtable
Providing possible partnership opportunities with relevant organizations, projects, conferences, and research in the field
We hope you will engage in each roundtable conversation with us, by contributing a blog post, commenting on others’ posts throughout each discussion, and sharing the work via social media channels using #CTQCollab. We will kick off the year with a roundtable focused on how the teacher-powered schools movement is transforming student learning and public education in January and February.
In the next post, we’ll introduce you to the 2017 community of roundtable leads, a group of boundary-spanning and highly networked educators and thought leaders, who will share their time, talent, and expertise with the CTQ community throughout the year.