Note: Rick Hess is on sabbatical through May 6th. If you're missing him, you might try to catch him while he's out and about discussing his new book Cage-Busting Leadership (available here, e-book available here). For updates on when he might be in your neck of the woods, check here. Meantime, a tremendous lineup of guest stars has kindly agreed to step in while Rick's gone and share their own thoughts on the opportunities, challenges, implications, and nature of cage-busting leadership. Guest blogging this week are members of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY). Today's final ...

Teaching that is culturally (and statistically) responsive, rigorous and relevant is teaching that empowers. -- Joshua Parker

The best teachers I know reflect on what they do well, then share those skills with the other teachers in their grade, school, district, and beyond. -- Justin Minkel

A willingness to look inward and make an honest assessment of why things were not working has made all of the difference in my career. -- Joseph Fatheree

Teachers need to step beyond their classroom and examine policy from a district or state perspective, while policy makers need to become good at doing what they espouse most highly: effective teaching. -- Jeanne DelColle

Experience, training, practice, and encouragement in using creative thinking skills can improve a student's ability to think with fluency, flexibility, and to pose novel and inventive solutions to questions and problems. -- Curtis Chandler

To achieve real results, we'll definitely have to use all the other pieces of advice offered in Cage-Busting Leadership. Working the problem can help leaders understand where the bars of those cages exist. -- Kerri Briggs

And without districts and preparation programs collaborating to work beyond systematic constraints, it is unlikely the challenges posed by the school board president, and so many others, will ever be effectively overcome. -- Kerri Briggs

The lessons and advice of Cage-Busting Leadership resonate with me as I try to find a balance between identifying crucial allies and making tough decisions that don't always garner a lot of support. -- Kerri Briggs

Today I want to talk about how cage-busting has propelled KIPP to grow and improve over the past 20 years. -- Mike Feinberg.

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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