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Teacher Leadership

Reflections on the 2015 International Summit on the Teaching Profession

Teach Plus | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

As exciting as all this was, where were the teachers in these conversations? Many of us felt that we were invited because we actively lead in our schools, communities, and countries, and we expected to have a similar role at ISTP. We felt stifled in the exchange. So, in true teacher form, we didn't give up.

Teachers in a Pickle

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Not long ago, two teachers asked me a question that I found rather poignant: How could they help make their schools successful when their principals have no interest in changing what they're doing?

Teacher Leadership and Educational Improvement in a Complex System

Nicole M. Gillespie, Ph.D. | Posted 03.29.2015 | Education
Nicole M. Gillespie, Ph.D.

Understanding education as a complex system means letting go of our attachment to cause-and-effect solutions (especially the so-called "silver bullets") in order to bring about improvements that last and have a meaningful impact on students and their learning.

Let's Make 2015 the Year of the Whole Child

Becky Pringle | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Becky Pringle

We need to provide paths for educators to become leaders outside their classrooms in order to make sure schools and communities are meeting the needs of the whole child.

We Need More Great Teachers

Matt Kramer | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Matt Kramer

We believe there is a tremendous amount that we can all do to ensure more individuals see this as the most critical and rewarding path they can take.

Definition of a Great School: Practices Regardless of Poverty Rates

Teach Plus | Posted 02.21.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

I have made the decision to teach science at high-poverty schools three times during my career. My choice of teaching positions has been based on the desire to teach students who are eager, yet statistically unlikely to receive a high quality education, and on the knowledge that certain schools are better places to teach and learn

The Solution to Teacher Equity? Empower Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 02.16.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Despite the clear need for change, the obvious question remains: How do we get highly effective teachers into high-need schools? The answer, my own experience tells me, is simple: Empower teachers as leaders so that the difference they are making can be that much greater.

Teacher Leadership as Adaptive Leadership

Nicole M. Gillespie, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Nicole M. Gillespie, Ph.D.

Most of us have been students, quite often for 12 or more years of our lives. And because of this, it's easy to think that we've accumulated enough experience with teachers to know at least what teaching is, perhaps even how it ought to be.

5 Ways Teacher-Powered Schools Are Transforming American Public Education

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 09.22.2014 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

Teacher-powered schools are not a panacea for America's education problems. Yet the growing interest in these schools -- and the solutions and alternatives they provide -- shows we need to seriously explore how teacher-powered schools can be a part of our strategy to find solutions.

The Untapped Potential of Teacher Networks

Nicole M. Gillespie, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2014 | Education
Nicole M. Gillespie, Ph.D.

Network organizations aren't created spontaneously, and many well-intentioned efforts to build teacher networks fall short of developing these characteristics. How can educators move beyond just networking to building strong network organizations?

Are Great Teachers Born or Made?

Dan Brown | Posted 11.04.2012 | Education
Dan Brown

It's not always pretty, but my students have shown important progress toward college and career readiness -- something I could never claim from my rookie misadventure at P.S. 85. What accounts for the change?

Time to Boost Teacher Morale

Teach Plus | Posted 05.21.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

There has never been a time when we've needed more innovative ways to give our strongest teachers new reasons to keep working with students.

Introducing the New Majority

Teach Plus | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

So what is driving great early-career teachers away? For a large proportion, it is a lack of leadership opportunities.