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How principals can support teacher leaders: Lessons from Glenn O. Swing Elementary School

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Ali Wright used to believe that the best thing for principals to do to support teacher leaders was to get out of their way. Now she thinks differently. In this guest post, Ali takes us behind the scenes at a school where shared leadership is achieving impressive results. 

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Reflections on Stowe’s “Strange, what brings these past things so vividly back to us, sometimes!”

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Over the next month, teachers will be taking part in a social justice roundtable discussion in the CTQ Collaboratory and on Twitter with #CTQCollab.

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How Teachers Can Benefit From Virtual Learning Communities

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This past spring CTQ hosted a blogging roundtable focused on the value of VLCs. We asked the question: how do (or how might) VLCs impact our profession? You can read the full post, a synthesis of this roundtable (with lots of links to individual blog posts) in this EdWeek column.

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September 22, 2016

A leadership story: Learning and leading from CO teacher leader Joe Bolz

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Joe Bolz is a teacher leader serving in a hybrid role at George Washington High School in Denver, CO. In addition to teaching high school students every day, Joe is able to observe and coach his colleagues, sharing his expertise and spreading great ideas among the teaching faculty in his school. Because of this hybrid role, Joe has been able to share one of his passions: culturally responsive pedagogy.

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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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John Holland

September 18, 2016

In Art Kids Want Challenging Work

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I was really hoping to have more time to reflect on my new adventure as an art teacher but, as I am also a novice I have a plethora of small parts I am trying to figure out. This scrambling has made it hard to sit back and appreciate the moment. From organizing materials to getting a firm grasp on my standards I feel like I am constantly behind the curve. I am reminded of what I felt like when I first started 20 years ago and I would go into school at 6:30 in the morning to prepare.

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Brianna Crowley

September 15, 2016

Why I left a profession that I love

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After teaching in a high school classroom for 9 years, I left. Not because I didn’t still love teaching, and not because I didn’t have a vibrant classroom where students wanted to be. Not because I still didn’t feel like there were 1 million things to try and 3 million lessons my students still had to teach me.

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Ben Owens

September 12, 2016

Time to Rethink North Carolina's Teacher Compensation Model

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What would you think if you visited a local school and saw every teacher using transparencies on overhead projectors? You might assume you had time-traveled to an era when big hair and leg warmers were in vogue. You might wonder, where are the interactive whiteboards and touchscreens that help teachers personalize students’ learning? Similarly, our one-size-fits-all salary schedule for teachers is a model whose usefulness has come and gone.

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