May 2012 Archives

As educators begin to discuss the knowledge, skills, challenges, and opportunities associated with teacher leadership, one question often overlooked is why teachers should aspire to become teacher leaders. This week's guest blogger is Erin Kelly, a middle school science department chair in Fairfax, Virginia. Why Should Teachers become Teacher Leaders? Who is a teacher leader? A teacher leader is someone who impacts students and teachers outside his or her classroom. Teacher leaders are the heart of a school. We are the silent partners in decision-making. We are the ones informing administrators of the specific needs of our students and families. ...


As an educational technology geek, what is more exciting than reading about predictions and rumors if the next iPhone will have a larger screen or if the next Macbook Pros will be sleeker and without a CD/DVD drive? Reading about predictions about technology in schools- of course! After all, it's online testing season here in Virginia, where all students are taking their state standardized tests online. So imagine entire districts and schools this month preparing the computers to test all students. Yes, for many schools that means taking away all those desktop and laptop labs for setting up individual ...


A blog that's entitled "Leading from the Classroom" should have blog posts about teacher leadership. So, as the application window for the Teacher Leadership Online Community remains open, I've posted various blog articles from the past that explore questions of teacher leadership. As the Teacher Leader Model Standards website continues to add exemplars, research, and other articles about teacher leadership, we can develop a single resource for all things Teacher Leadership so our understanding of the knowledge, skills, and supports required for this evolution in the profession will be easily accessible. Teacher Leadership or Teacher Extra Duty? When Do Teachers ...


Dear Educator, How do you define teacher leadership? Do you consider yourself or any teachers with whom you work to be teacher leaders? What roles do teacher leaders currently serve within the educational community? How can teacher leaders help to move education forward and provide our students with 21st century skills? We, as practicing teacher leaders, are excited to invite practicing teacher leaders to join us as we launch the Teacher Leader Model Standards Community this spring. We can't wait to virtually explore, discuss, and promote the Teacher Leader Model Standards. The Teacher Leader Model Standards represent the various forms ...


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