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.

Yesterday I observed English classes at Newark's North Star Academy College Preparatory High School. From an instructional perspective, it was breathtaking.

Teachers deserve to choose their school based on its vision and to know that others have chosen intentionally as well. This creates fidelity, which is key to schools' success.

Teachers are full of entrepreneurial, problem solving talent. This is the most important link between Teach Like a Champion 2.0 and The Cage-Busting Teacher

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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