In January 2014, the Kentucky Senate Education Committee room became my new classroom—but this time I was the student, not the teacher.


What's the most effective teacher leadership role? Use the hedgehog test to determine how to have the most impact.


In Washington, D.C., the Teacher Leadership Innovation (TLI) School Pilot is in its third year. Here are a DCPS superintendent's observations of TLI.


As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, we'll hear lots about New Orleans. But we probably won't hear about one essential feature of their education restart: teacher leadership development.


Sometimes it's a turtle tank, not a cage, that needs busting. Three types of instructional teacher leaders can bust the tank.


It is the age of the teacher leader. with new initiatives starting all around the country. This week, we'll share some of the impressive results.


We only need two things to have great education: students and teachers. More money, alone, is not the answer.


We don't have a vision for K-12 (or P-16) education in this country. Having one won't solve our problems, but it's a necessary precondition.


Education must protect and prepare everyone—and we must keep costs under control. This is where the ghost of Ronald Reagan should inform our education policy.


Tina Fey's four rules for improv comedy also apply to teaching. Teachers should follow Fey's rules to get a seat at the table and a voice in the conversation.


The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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