What are some other leadership roles you believe teachers should be playing – now and in the future?

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  1. Emily Vickery

    Checkout the article The Future Leadership of Teachers by Barnett Berry and Vicki Phillips, which outlines the changing leadership roles of teachers. (Link: https://teachingpartners.com/voices/the-future-leadership-of-teachers/ )

    Also, you may want to take some time to examine the big ideas around the publication Teaching 2030 – (Link: https://www.teachingquality.org/sites/default/files/IBS_sm%5b1%5d.pdf ) Check it out; I would enjoy reading your feedback on the “big ideas.”

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  2. Dr. Katherine Everett

    Ernie has a valid point. I know many implement research-based strategies regularly in the classroom, but when/where do teachers have the opportunity to follow-up with researchers as they begin to implement, adjust, and re-design those strategies to meet the every changing needs of students in their classrooms? Does anyone know a platform where this might be occurring?

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  3. Ernie Rambo

    Every post above makes me want to shout, “yes! yes!” I’d like to add to what has already been posted — in addition to teacher leaders getting involved more with ed policy, with ensuring that the voices of the experts are heard, I’d like to see teacher leaders actively bridging the gap between ed research and the real classroom.

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  4. Dr. Katherine Everett

    I’d like to comment on teacher advisors to local education boards.

    It still confounds me when we speak of ideally an entire village raising a child and then limit the voices or place conditions on the ability of those within the village to share their wisdom or experiences. I consider the location of a student’s formal education as the village classroom. Why would we want to gain insight from a village educator located miles away from our children? How is their perspective more valued than the perspective of those within our own village? I would make the case for teacher advisors coming from within a district as they have a far more intimate understanding of the struggles facing our children. Limiting teachers to utilize the mic during board meetings typically creates tension between two entities who should strongly be advocating for the welfare and success of our children.

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  5. KRISCIA CABRAL

    I agree with every post mentioned above. We need more teachers in politics. We need teachers leading teachers. We need teacher voices in every realm. As I shared before, the most powerful voice comes from those that are there and are experiencing. I especially value the teacher voice in terms of curriculum and lesson design.

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  6. Joanna Schimizzi

    I agree with all of the above mentioned roles. As a teacher who has crafter her own medley of part-time opportunities, I know the value of getting to add variety to my roles while still reaching students. I’d like to add that it would be wonderful to see teachers have more opportunities to collaborate with researchers, curriculum designers and testing organizations. While teachers should not be expected to do all of that design on their own, it would have a tremendous impact of their knowledge of how to use research, curricula and assessments in a more meaningful way.

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  7. Angela Schoon

    I agree with both of the previous posts and also believe that teachers need to lead teachers from within their districts and buildings. As previously mentioned, teachers know what works and their expertise often goes unnoticed.

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  8. Christopher Bronke

    Impossible to disagree with Beth; she is spot on, and to that end, I would love to see teachers have some way to play a bigger part in local politics/policy, specifically talking about having a teacher leader or two serving, in some way, in an advisory role on local school boards. It doesn’t, and probably couldn’t be, the school board in which they teach, but if school boards reached out to teachers in the community who teach in a different district (for example, my wife and I live in my district, but she doesn’t teach in it), they could really get a different set of eyes on some of their decisions.

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  9. Beth Maloney

    I would like to see more teacher leadership roles in education policy since we are the ones who implement policy each day in our classrooms and see the impact on our students, schools, and communities. I believe there should be more coaching roles for people still in the classroom – in the form of a lab classroom or as a split time role or some other alternative. I think it is important for instructional coaches to keep at least one “leg” in the classroom at all times.

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