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Three Reasons Why Leaders Fail

Three Reasons Why Leaders Fail | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
It is unrealistic to expect that all forms of leadership are successful—because they are not. The nature of leadership is such that leaders are going to take risks and fail.
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NEA leader: Teachers need to become 'social justice patriots'

NEA leader: Teachers need to become 'social justice patriots' | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Do you agree with NEA Executive Director John Stocks that teachers need to get involved with political issues including immigration and racial profiling?

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Doing the big work (at the little table)

Most of the day is spent in little work..... The obligation is to carve out time for the big work. The big work that scares you, that brings risk. .... The trick is to look for the chances and find these challenges.
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From the Chalkface: Follow the leader

From the Chalkface: Follow the leader | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Alex Wood says "It is when reform becomes staff-led, on a school-byschool basis, that change becomes sustained. Topdown change can start reform. It cannot sustain it."  Sounds like we'd need to be following local teacher leaders to me.  Read it and see if you agree?

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annenamuth's comment, June 14, 2012 12:49 PM
I love this quote: "Teachers require to be taken gently on that journey to wider areas of competence, confidence and commitment." I feel like often teachers are herded and pushed toward change. Great article and good advice!
ratzelster's comment, June 14, 2012 5:35 PM
Thanks Annenamuth for posting your comment. That's exactly I feel sometimes...herded!!!! Instead I'd think almost everyone would prefer to be the ones calling for change. And wouldn't you think teacher could bring their expertise to the change that was needed...I'd bet we could figure out pragmatic ways to solve almost any problem they threw our directions. It's what we do everyday, all day!!! Thanks again for posting.
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The Skill of Encouragement – The Capacity of Hope

The Skill of Encouragement – The Capacity of Hope | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

To facilitate simply means to make easy. The leader/teacher makes the process of dialogue look easy, but please recognize how difficult it is to facilitate such a connection in a collective. Take a moment to read and reflection on how much hope we can inject into our schools and the people with whom we work.

 

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Can you uncover unseen opportunities?

Can you uncover unseen opportunities? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

“In order to be a successful teacher leader one has to stay true to one’s beliefs, coupling confidence with humility, and being willing to work with colleagues to improve student learning” (Ackerman, 2010, p.15). With this kind out outlook, teacher leaders can have a huge impact. By tapping into teachers, true change can be seen. “Teacher leadership offers a variety of unseen opportunities for forcing schools out of established frames of reference and towards genuine school improvement (Parkay, 2010, p. 1).

 

read more of Elise's Master's Portfolio reflections at http://elisephillips.wordpress.com/tag/teacher-leader/

 

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Reviving Teaching With 'Professional Capital'

Reviving Teaching With 'Professional Capital' | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Policymakers must invest in the professional capital of all teachers, Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves write.   So are "we" and I mean the royal we in this for the long haul?  Or are "we" willing to focus on short-term gains at the expense of long range success?  I know what I think....what about you?

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