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.
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?
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.
“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).
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?