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October 23, 2015

Our Union-Based Reform Movement

These innovations are possible thanks to our school's membership in the Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) program created in the UFT agreement with the city and the Department of Education. PROSE allows us to revise aspects of the Chancellor's Regulations and the UFT contract, enabling us to apply creative thinking and approach our students' problems in more effective ways.

September 30, 2015

Dangerous Ideas in Teacher Leadership

Two ideas that I find pervasive and problematic in the conversation about teacher leadership: 1. The goal of teacher leadership is NOT to make principals' jobs easier. 2. Valuing teacher leadership means valuing teachers.

September 25, 2015

Two Things Policymakers Should Know About Teacher Leadership

Teacher leadership is the new hot topic in ed policy circles. It's in the blogosphere, it's supported by groups across the edu-political landscape, and Arne Duncan frequently talks about it. I have gotten at least 30 emails since August with the phrase "teacher leadership" in either the subject or body. But what are all these people talking about? What will all this talk mean for my career and the careers of my colleagues?

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