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Mar 23 2015

Being a teacher. Being a leader. Why can't we have both?

There are many components of extra duties and contributing factors that a teacher contributes to make a school successful. We just didn’t call it district leadership, or shared leadership, and they weren’t paid for it.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
Apr 3 2015

Millenial leadership meet Baby Boomer traditions

Leaders can start by blending a style that acknowledges those Baby Boomers who are accustomed to a certain style leadership—task centered and reluctant to change—while grooming the landscape for an influx of new talent that isn’t attached to any form of leadership, but intrinsically want feedback, collaboration, and relevance.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Technology in Education
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
May 6 2015

"Running with scissors" and innovating teacher assessments

Back in Colorado, there was a school superintendent who described the boldness of their reforms by saying, “We run with scissors.” They take chances and go for the big things in Denver and as a result, they are at the leading edge by trying new and different things.

  • Evaluation
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
  • Policy
May 14 2015

Helping Educators Overcome "Initiative Fatigue"

As first appeared in Education Week March 23, 2015. Reprinted with permission from the author.

  I hear it everywhere I go: "initiative fatigue." The common-core standards are being implemented in more than 40 states, requiring significant shifts in instructional practice. At the same time, major teacher-evaluation reforms are taking hold. Too often, educators experience these changes as discordant at best, contradictory and confusing at worst.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Evaluation
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
  • Policy

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