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Barnett Berry

February 20, 2017

Bold teacher leadership for equity and excellence in public education: Lessons for administrators

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Recently, there has been a lot of education policy talk about teacher leadership. More action has also been taking place—both in the form of fellowships with nonprofits and via more traditional career ladders in districts in cities like Washington, D.C., Denver, and Charlotte. However, in many cases, the concept of teacher leadership continues to be narrowly defined, and often by anyone but teachers themselves.

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Lori Nazareno

February 10, 2017

Collaboration, Not Competition: Charter and District Teacher-Powered Schools Share a Common Purpose

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Teacher-Powered Schools Roundtable: TPSI Ambassadors Carrie Bakken and Julene Oxton share powerful lessons about their shared purpose and reflect on the 2017 Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference.

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Kristoffer Kohl

February 3, 2017

Are micro-credentials the next iPhone?

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Teachers have been earning credits and credentials for generations, so the claim that new micro-credentials will change professional development is likely to be met with some skepticism. But as I write for Education Week's 'On California' blog, they may be the next big thing.

Education Week: Are micro-credentials the next iPhone?

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Lori Nazareno

January 6, 2017

Beyond compliance: Creating the schools our students need

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Teacher-Powered Schools Blogging Roundtable

Over the next several weeks bloggers will be sharing their thoughts and experiences with teacher-powered schools. This first post explores how the teacher-powered model can be used as a lever for equity.  

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Barnett Berry

November 21, 2016

Voices from the field: The professional learning communities & experiences educators need

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Over the last several months I have had the pleasure of working with eleven graduate students at the University of Kansas. Together we explored how to develop and sustain high quality professional learning communities. It has been a rewarding experience that has included rich dialogue, research, writing, and virtual collaboration. Over the next several weeks three guest posts will be featured in this space chronicling what we have learned and discussed. We hope you will join the conversation by sharing your own ideas in the comments or via social media using #CTQCollab. 

 

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Marcia Powell

November 11, 2016

Welcoming the Old New Teacher

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It's been difficult for me these last two months, and I haven't been posting much.  At first, I thought perhaps it was just the difficulty of an election year, which bombards us with so much information that it is difficult to sort. On reflection, though, I realized I was struggling with a bout of frustration and anxiety regarding school.  A teacher leader I met via Twitter years ago has been there for me, and reminded me that there are things I cannot fix immediately.

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Julie Hiltz

October 31, 2016

Stop calling teachers "All-Stars."

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Lower tax revenues and increasing student enrollment is forcing some tough decisions about all kinds of expenditures in my school district lately, including teachers. Our superintendent, Jeff Eakins, has said repeatedly that the priority is “putting students first” and ensuring “we have our very best teachers in front of our students. I agree and I’m with him so far. Tough times require tough decisions, but the needs of students should always come first.  

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Jessica Cuthbertson

September 30, 2016

A Tale of Two Schools: From Compliance To Creativity

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One of my teacher friends recently transferred schools. She is teaching the same developmental age group, the same content area, in the same district, at a school less than ten minutes from her previous school.

 

But that is where the similarities end. These two schools, in reality, are worlds apart.

 

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