Imagine an educational endeavor wherein effective teachers will be at the forefront of school reform and pedagogical change to benefit the public at large. Teacherpreneurship, as described in the book Teaching 2030, explores this teacher leadership potential as a necessary means to substantive change.
The first excerpt from Teaching 2030, a new book written by myself and 12 expert teachers who are members of the Teacher Leaders Network, appears in the Fall issue of Education Week’s Professional Development Sourcebook. The excerpt highlights our concept of a key role that we believe accomplished teachers can play in improving schools and growing the profession: Teacherpreneurship. We write:
Most importantly, teacherpreneurship is not about promoting a free-market vision for the profit of a few—but rather how our society can invest substantially in teachers who can expertly serve millions of children and families who are not in the position to choose a better school somewhere else or find the most erudite online teacher anytime, anywhere. Teacherpreneurship is all about the public good, not private gain.
If you’re intrigued, we urge you to read the 2000-wd excerpt and leave your comments about what we believe is a bold vision of the future of teacher leadership.
The book, subtitled What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools – Now and in the Future, is being published by Teachers College Press and will be available in bookstores and online by early December.
We believe Teaching 2030 will have broad appeal, and we’re pleased to have pre-publication endorsements from former Secretary of Education Richard Riley, teaching scholar Linda Darling Hammond, American Enterprise Institute education policy director Rick Hess, and NEA president Dennis Van Roekel (among others).