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Teacher-powered innovation: The value of and opportunity for teacher leadership in schools and policy.

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This blog was originally posted on HomeRoom, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education.

When we do everything right in schools, our students move closer to that peak on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – self-actualization. It sounds pretty awesome. I’d like to achieve self-actualization too. But when you’re a student facing poverty, racism, family trouble, or just life as a kid growing up, that peak starts looking like K2.

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VLCs: How Connection and Collaboration Creates Healthy Vulnerability in Education

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This spring, CTQ bloggers are exploring the theme: How do VLC’s (virtual learning communities) impact our profession? We invite you to join us here in our own VLC, the Collaboratory, with your thoughts and comments, and share ideas using the hashtag #CTQCollab. If you like this post, check out more VLC wisdom here.

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Building Community at Your School

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Want to build community at your school? Here's how! 

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Josef  Donnelly

July 22, 2016

Teacher-powered schools promote teacher and student success

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In 2010, a new student joined my class. He was a recent immigrant from Guinea. This didn’t surprise me as all students at my school are recent immigrants. The surprise came later when I realized this student was not only new to learning English, but he was new to print. Just as he was learning new words in English, he was also learning to write his name. At a traditional school, with a large student population, this student would struggle. Yet in my teacher-powered school (TPS), he thrived, and is on track to graduate.

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Barnett Berry

July 14, 2016

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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Bill Ferriter

July 13, 2016

Goodbye Zaption. Hello Edpuzzle.

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One of the most important lessons for teachers living in a digital world to learn is how to be digitally resilient -- or persistent in the face of the kinds of glitches and hiccups that happen when you are working with old technology, unreliable infrastructure, or free tools.  If you can't persist despite challenges, you may as well stop using technology in the classroom because those challenges are inevitable.

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John Holland

July 13, 2016

The Novice Advantage: The Joy of Uncertainty

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I didn’t think that at this point in my career I would be entering my classroom as a novice. Next year I will begin my 20th year teaching but my first year as an art teacher. I am ready to take on this challenge, but I have found myself much more comfortable with my uncertainty after reading The Novice Advantage: Fearless Practice for Every Teacher. Some of my comfort comes from realizing that uncertainty is one of the strengths of the novice mindset.

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Marcia Powell

July 6, 2016

What You Want is Not What You Plan

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I drove by the building that housed my dream job today.  
Long ago, as a young girl, age 7, I wanted to work there.
I imagined being part of the change. 
Making decisions that made things better.
And I daydreamed, even then, schools that were different.
And I thought that meant that it was about the leaders.
That was my plan.  Boy, was it a good one.

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