by Samuel Reed and Peggy M. Savage
Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead but Don't Leave does a great job of examining the skills and traits of thoughtful, innovative, and maverick-like educators. This new book, written by Barnett Berry, Ann Byrd, and Alan Wieder of the Center for Teaching Quality, documents the leadership journeys of eight teachers who are exceptional at what they do but not the exception.
When we first looked at the title of the book, we had mixed reactions. Like many teacher-leaders, we bring an entrepreneurial and activist spirit to our practice. We were excited about the concept of innovative teachers leading, but not leaving, the classroom, yet concerned that the language of market-driven entrepreneurship may lure talented and dedicated teachers away from our craft, our passion, our willingness to give back and connect with our communities.
School vacation, for many teachers, is not time off, but time on.
Contrary to popular perception, many educators don't spend the summers just relaxing at the beach or rejuvenating for the coming school year. Plenty of teachers take advantage of the summers by organizing, participating in professional learning communities, and lesson planning, among many other things.
On June 25, the first day of this “school vacation,” many Philadelphia public school teachers rallied in Harrisburg with more than 1,000 other teachers, counselors, nurses, safety workers, librarians, and others from across Pennsylvania to demand equitable funding for public schools.
If you love stories, you should plan to attend TAG Philly's annual Teacher Story Slam. The back- to-school event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Zocalo Restaurant, 3600 Lancaster Ave.
Let me tell you a story…
Because the human brain is wired for stories, I bet you were all ready to follow a narrative with an attention-grabbing opening, a topsy-turvy plotline, and some satisfying ending or lesson to learn.
Meenoo Rami is a consummate connected educator, a National Board Certified teacher and debate coach at Science Leadership Academy. She is also the founder and moderator of #engchat.
I will co-host the Connected Educator Month #engchat event with Rami at 7 p.m. EST on Monday, Aug. 27. (If you would like to keep pace with Rami's prolific Tweets, then follow her at www.twitter.com/meenoorami)
To gear up for our conversation, I asked Rami a few questions. In keeping with Twitter's 140-character limit, the questions and responses are short and concise.
Reed: What motivated you to start #engchat?
Rami: I wanted to learn from my colleagues, build a community for English teachers, and find a place where questions, ideas, and resources can be shared easily.
Incoming Superintendent William Hite told a roomful of school leaders at the District's annual leadership summit Monday morning that enforcement of rules is just one piece of school discipline and that "zero tolerance" to him means "a preventive set of strategies," rather than a punishment tool.
Mastery Charter and its methods for training and supporting teachers may soon exert greater influence in schools all over the city, a development that promises to cement the organization’s influence on educational practice well beyond its own schools.
The Philadelphia Great Schools Compact is asking the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for $2.5 million, some $650,000 of which would pay for Mastery to train teacher coaches to work in District and Catholic schools and other charters.
As teachers gear up to return to schools, the U.S Department of Education is launching Connected Education Month (CEM) in August 2012. Throughout the month, there will be online events and activities designed to help teachers develop skills to enhance their personal learning networks.
Seeking to create a “pipeline” of principals and teachers who are better equipped to deal with the real-world challenges found in Philadelphia’s toughest schools, city education leaders submitted a three-year, $2.5 million grant proposal this week to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
This guest blog post comes from Dina Portnoy.
Marci Resnick was an elementary school teacher in Philadelphia public schools for more than 20 years before becoming the second director of the Philadelphia Writing Project and later an associate director of the National Writing Project. In 2007, Marci died, much too young, and the Marci Resnick Teacher Fund was established in her memory to honor and support the work of elementary school teachers. The fund awards $500 grants for classroom or school projects that reflect her interest in and devotion to improving learning for young people in elementary school.
Working with Chief Academic Officer Penny Nixon to develop a new organizational blueprint for the School District, seven “academic design subcommittees” have been meeting since February.
Curriculum development: This committee is expected to develop a pre-K to 12 curriculum with outcomes for each grade level that are aligned to college and career program goals and the new Common Core State Standards.