Navigating Power Dynamics

I’ve spent the past ten years of my life working with teachers across the country to make changes on behalf of their students. From introducing new programs in their districts to changing union contracts to successfully advocating for state legislation, I’ve helped thousands of teachers become effective advocates—empowering them to support their students. I’ve captured the lessons teachers need to build influence and power in my new book, How to Be Heard, and will be sharing them across a series of skill-building Teaching Partners Live Workshops.

I offer nuts-and-bolts strategies that together are recognized as the “price of admission” to becoming a credible and welcomed participant in important policy conversations and decisions. I believe that it’s possible for teachers to initiate change, and to participate effectively on the policy playing field.

This fourth TeachingPartners Live workshop helps teachers to better understand and navigate the old policy-maker adage: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” As a teacher, how can you build alliances with those who can help you make change on behalf of your students? What are hidden sources of power that you can tap into?

In this session, teachers will explore how power dynamics play out in education and how to use them to your advantage. They will learn how to complete a power map on their issue as an action step in the change process.


Celine Coggins

Dr. Celine Coggins is a Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to Harvard, Celine founded and ran Teach Plus, a nationwide network of over top-performing 30,000 teachers. Celine recently published... Full Bio

This workshop is part of Celine Coggins Shares How to Be Heard.