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Teacherpreneurs: Changing education from the inside out


If student learning is going to be competency-based, personalized, and open-walled, so must the leadership of their teachers. CTQ’s work with teacherpreneurs has proven it can be done.



The teacher-activist's dance


I understand that to hold “courageous conversations” means participating in a tango of lead and follow, learning to shift between my identities as a teacher of color and an activist who vows to change stereotypes about Latinas.


5 Things Students Love to Hear Teachers Say


Want to know some of the things students love to hear teachers say? Read on!


Latest Blog Posts

Marcia Powell

November 27, 2015

A Tale of Two Coaches


I had an interesting conversation with a young professional recently, and it centered around what was best for the kids in the classroom with a difficult situation with a student who, let's say "boldly expresses herself."  The topics of punishment, logical consequences, and the value of content were raised.  I resisted the temptation to tell her my vision of the 'right answer' and shared this story, based on my own real experience, instead.  

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Jessica Cuthbertson

November 23, 2015

Say This, Not That: How Our Words Elevate (or Denigrate) the Profession


Whether we like it or not, teaching is a public profession. What we say (and how we say it) matters. Principals, parents, colleagues, and students are listening and watching. Our language can be used as a lever to communicate the very real challenges we face while still upholding professionalism. Check out this, "Say This...Not That," list of common phrases and share your own solutions-oriented sentence frames for elevating the profession.

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Brianna Crowley

November 19, 2015

To Revolutionize PD, Administrators Should Follow This Simple Rule: Think Like a Teacher


At the end of last school year, an assistant principal commented: "Sometimes I forget the power of seeing myself as teacher. That is where I feel strongest, where I do my best work." We were engaged in a conversation about how professional learning had been organized for our building. I shared critical feedback from a teacher perspective, and in return, she shared the administrative perspective on how the schedule was created and how teachers were organized. At the end of the exchange, however, she also shared this powerful reflection: to do her best work, she wanted to re-frame her role as a teacher first, administrator second. 


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Bill Ferriter

November 18, 2015

Aliyana's Mindset Moment


I've got a student this year -- let's call her Aliyana* -- who just plain makes me smile.  She's unique times ten -- comfortable being different and always ready to think creatively.  She's also super funny and super kind -- which means she's super well-liked by her peers.  In a lot of ways, she's the kind of kid that I hope my own daughter will become.

But at times, I think she doubts herself as a learner.

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