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Q & A Collections: Teacher & Administrator Leadership

I'll begin posting new questions and answers in early-to-mid-September, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past three years. You can see those collections from the first two years here.

I'm alternating those posts with interviews I'm doing with authors about their new education books (I'm still waiting for the last three of them, so I'll probably just post them all in a row next week).   So far this summer, I've interviewed:

'There Are So Many Inspirational Teachers Out There': An Interview With Meenoo Rami

'Collaboration Is Crucial': An Interview With Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City schools, & co-author Laura Kotch

'A More Beautiful Question': An Interview With Warren Berger

Teaching Without Connecting Is 'Futile': An Interview With Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker

'Myths & Lies' That Threaten Our Schools: An Interview With David Berliner & Gene Glass

'Digital Leadership': An Interview With Eric Sheninger

'Read, Write, Lead': An Interview With Regie Routman


Today's theme is on teacher and administrator leadership. Previous themes have been:

Student Motivation

Implementing The Common Core

Teaching Reading and Writing

Parent Engagement In Schools

Teaching Social Studies

Best Ways To Begin & End The School Year

Teaching English Language Learners

Using Tech In The Classroom

Education Policy Issues

I'll be spending the summer organizing questions and answers for the next school year, and there is always room for more!

You can send questions to me at [email protected].When you send it in, let me know if I can use your real name if it's selected or if you'd prefer remaining anonymous and have a pseudonym in mind.

You can also contact me on Twitter at @Larryferlazzo.

Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a variety of education publishers.

Also, you can listen to ten minute interviews I've done with contributors to this column at my BAM! Radio Show.

Lastly, remember that you can subscribe and receive updates from this blog via email or RSS Reader.

And, now, following an excerpt from one of those posts, here's a list of all my columns related teacher and administrator leadership:

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From 2013/14

School Leaders Must Focus On 'Authentic Learning,' Not 'Test Prep'

Justin Baeder and Kelly Young (who I consider my mentor in education) contribute their answers here. I include comments from readers, too.

Administrators Must Make 'Alliances With Students, Teachers & Parents'

This post shares guest responses from three educators -- Anne Reeves, Justin Tarte, and PJ Caposey.

Education Innovation Is Like A 'Stradivarius Violin'

This column shares responses from Maurice J. Elias and Elise Foster, plus comments from readers.

'Educators Are Suffering From Innovation Fatigue'

This post includes commentaries by Scott McLeod, Sally Zepeda, and Tony Frontier.

Teachers Must Help Determine New Ideas Being Implemented

I share my thoughts here, as do Renee Moore and Kelly Young.

Advice For Aspiring Principals: "Shadow, Connect & Dream"

Scott McLeod, Kelly Young, John Gabriel and Paul Farmer all offer their advice here.

So, You Want To Be A Principal?

Justin Baeder, Allan R. Bonilla and Josh Stumpenhorst share their reflections.

Advice for Educators Wanting to be Principals -- Part One

Lyn Hilt, Joe Mazza, and Cheryl James-Ward contribute to this post.

'Teacherpreneurs Can Lead Reforms': An Interview With Barnett Berry

I interview Barnett Berry about the book Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead but Don't Leave (Jossey-Bass 2013) authored by Barnett and Center For Teaching Quality  colleagues Ann Byrd and Alan Wieder.  In it, they document the leadership journeys of eight classroom educators (several who are regular contributors to this blog) who are spreading their expertise beyond their schools, districts, and states -- and even nationally and internationally.


From 2012/13

We Need "Fewer John Waynes & More John Deweys"

This is Part One in a series responding to the question: "How can teachers best relate to Superintendents -- and vice versa?"

This post provides responses from a teacher's perspective, with contributions from Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers; Dean Vogel, President of the California Teachers Association ; and Barnett Berry of the Center For Teaching Quality.

Teachers & Superintendents Must "Work To Understand Each Other"

This is Part Two, and provides responses from a Superintendent's perspective, with contributions from three Superintendents (along with comments from readers): Joshua Starr, Pamela Moran, and John Kuhn.


I hope you've found this summary useful and, again, keep those questions coming!

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