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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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Barnett Berry

February 2, 2017

Meet Ben Owens, blogging lead for the teacher-powered schools roundtable discussion

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As our first roundtable discussion reaches its halfway point, I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce the blogging lead, Ben Owens. Bringing the real world into the classroom is one of Ben’s priorities, as he believes students benefit most from project-based learning that encourages problem solving, collaboration, and innovative thinking. Similarly, he knows that teachers need to engage in problem-solving with their colleagues and to lead their own learning if they are going to create the conditions for their students to do the same. 

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Barnett Berry

December 29, 2016

A shift in strategy: CTQ rings in the new year with roundtable discussions

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We know the impact that one teacher leader can have in their school and on the system as a whole. And we believe unleashing the collective capacity of educators (teachers and administrators) is the key to creating an equitable public school system that serves all students and their communities. To amplify this belief, the Center for Teaching Quality is shifting its blogging strategy, transitioning from a community of individual bloggers to a roundtable discussion approach. Learn more about this strategy here and join the conversation.

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Barnett Berry

December 15, 2016

Three steps to increase collaboration

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Whether you’re a new adjunct professor on a college campus or a veteran faculty member at an elementary school looking to make new connections, we could all use a little more collaboration in our daily work. In this guest post, KU graduate student Lori Voss-Schoonover offers three ways to increase collaboration in both higher ed and K-12 learning environments.

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Barnett Berry

December 10, 2016

Three ways to take novice teachers from tentative to tenacious

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Self-efficacy is a critical component of teacher development. In this guest post, data scientist and KU graduate student J.J. DeSimone explores why self-efficacy is so important and provides two easy ways to increase the self-efficacy of novice teachers in your school. 

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Barnett Berry

November 30, 2016

Why can’t professional learning be more like pizza?

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If we can customize pizza, shouldn't we be able to personalize professional learning? In this first of a series of four posts authored by KU doctoral students, Jeff Manning explores systems-level concerns and proposes solutions around time, professional autonomy, and accountability to advocate for more personalized professional learning for all teachers. 

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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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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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