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Teacher Leadership Requires Teachers

 — The NEA and VIVA Couldn’t Agree More! By: Elizabeth Evans Teacher leadership cannot happen without teachers.  Unfortunately, in most aspects of how our public schools work, teachers are all too absent from important leadership positions and broad decisions.  In fact, the trained professionals with the most experience with student learning are almost entirely absent


Teachers Are #ReadyForSuccess

by Paul Toner, President of the VIVA Project If we want to cultivate teacher leaders in the United States, we have to compensate them fairly for going the extra mile and evaluate them like the professionals they are. That’s what Iowa teachers told Governor Terry Branstad three years ago in the ISEA VIVA Idea Exchange™, Re-Imagining


Schools Should Be More Like Trader Joe’s

Prior to becoming a special education teacher in the Bronx through NYC Teaching Fellows, I was a novitiate store manager at a Trader Joe’s in Queens. I was only there 10 months before I moved on to the classroom, but I learned a lot about warm service to others, hard work, and leadership by example that I continue to apply in my work each day with children and their families.


Not Your Parents’ Education

When I was in high school, the idea of personalized learning or a personalized curriculum seemed laughable. My job position and my school definitely hadn’t been invented or even thought of yet! However, throughout human history, learning used to be highly personal through educational concepts such as oral histories and apprenticeships. In fact, it was


Can We Interest You in Teacher Leadership?

By Paul Toner, President of The VIVA Project Last weekend in The New York Times, Mokoto Rich wrote that “school districts have gone from handing out pink slips to scrambling to hire teachers,” thanks to an improving US economy. In an op-ed to the Times three days later, Can We Interest You in Teaching?, Frank


The Potential to Lead

Teachers strive to foster leadership and initiative in their students, as they recognize the future workplace will require a different set of skills. Our students will need to collaborate, to problem solve, to compromise, to craft conversations and articulate their thinking in a manner that persuades others to follow. There are those students who naturally lead and those who willingly follow. Yet our goal is the same. Teach to lead, and lead to inspire.