Why I Bought 21 Copies of the Same Book

I bought 21 copies of Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers who Lead but don’t Leave.

Why would I spend my own money on 21 copies of this book?

Every year, I buy my students a book that I hope will influence them as teachers, leaders, and human beings.

I write some encouraging and challenging words to each one in the front of the book.  I hope it makes a difference.

When I read Teacherpreneurs this August, I realized that this needed to be the book for this semester.  I want my pre-service teachers to be leaders.

I want them to learn from great teachers and leaders.

I want my teachers to lead their profession. I want them to be hopeful about what they can do with their students, bucking the decline in morale represented in the lowest teacher satisfaction ratings in 25 years.

Teacherpreneurs tells the stories of the teachers that my pre-service teachers can become.  These amazing teachers have been leading all across our country. Many of them blog right here in the Collaboratory.

Last night, authors, Barnett Berry and Ann Byrd, along with teacherpreneurs Jessica Keigan and Ariel Sacks, spoke to my student teachers. Via Zoom, an HD video collaboration tool, we discussed the 4th wave of teacher leadership. Participants were in North Carolina, Colorado, Washington, and Illinois. One of our overseas student teachers joined from Quito, Ecuador.

Across states and continents, we discussed teacherpreneurism and bold teacher leadership across the career continuum.  Barnett and Ann provided my students with a vision for what could be possible. Jessica and Ariel shared practical advice about teaching and leading.

Jessica told them that when she spoke to state policymakers today, the students she taught that morning would be on her mind. This is what grounds her.

Ariel encouraged them to lead through writing. To read deeply and develop their thought leadership as writers.

Honestly, these teachers and leaders overwhelmed my students with their accomplishments and vision. But they also gave my students ideas, hope, and role models. At the end of class, one of my students summed up the experience: “In five or six years I could see myself as a teacherpreneur.”

So thanks, Jessica, Ariel, Ann, and Barnett for sharing your vision and hope with my student teachers. I can’t wait to see the return on our investment as we watch the next generation of teacherpreneurs lead our profession.