Standard 6 & 7 Metareflection: Communication & Collaboration [EDU 6600: Communication and Collaboration]

Standard 6 Communication: Communicates regularly and effectively with colleagues, parents, and students through a variety of mediums.  Standard 7 Collaboration: Cooperates with other professionals to bridge gaps between schools and community and between departments/disciplines within schools.   Learning about teacher leadership through EDU 6600: Communication and Collaboration has provided me the theoretical background from which […]

Autonomy, Egalitarianism and Deference to Authority

“Blaming school problems on children’s characteristics, lack of resources, politics, societal conditions, and myriad other issues simply incapacitates our efforts to achieve substantive transformation of schools” (McCabe & McCarthy, p. 206). This quotation from chapter 20 of the Hilty reading really lays it out on the table; in order to effect lasting, measureable change in […]

Enjoying the Ride: Attending to the Needs of Adult Learners in Professional Development

“All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.” Sir Walter Scott As a learner, I appreciate when theory intersects with practice, especially my own. I’ve been devouring the reading in Zepeda (2012) this week about professional learning, but what has especially caught my eye is chapter […]

Moving Away from Professional-Immolation: Can Teacher Leadership Professionalize Education?

What is the ultimate goal of teacher leadership? According to Hilty (2012), the aim of teacher leadership is really pretty straightforward; the goal is attained when student outcomes are improved: “Being effective necessarily means that everyone in a school participates in the decision-making process and is accountable for student achievement” (p. 125). It seems simple […]

Throwing Out the Baby with the Bath Water

Leadership, in its many forms and permutations really comes down to a basic human desire; to feel a sense of empowerment and control over the direction of one’s life, whether that is in the classroom, home or the greater community. As discussed by Smylie, Conley & Marks (2010) the concerns of teacher leaders are no […]