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


VIVA Teacher Lesley Hagelgans to Speak at Teaching and Learning Conference with US Secretary of Education

Lesley Hagelgans, a VIVA Teacher and member of the VIVA National Task Force Idea Exchange, will speak about teacher leadership alongside US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on a panel this Friday at the Teaching and Learning 2015 Conference in Washington, D.C. Secretary Duncan announced the Teach to Lead initiative at last year’s conference, and

Engaging the experts in education

by Paul Toner As an educator and union leader, the past eight years have been challenging on many fronts, and I look forward to bringing my experiences as a middle school social studies teacher and former local and state teacher’s union leader to NVS to help elevate the voice of frontline practitioners in the ongoing


Actions Speak Louder

By Jennifer Reinhardt After reading Rick Hess’ recent blog post “10 School Reform Phrases That Should Trigger Your BS Detector,” I’ve been thinking a lot about authenticity versus jargon and what exactly we mean when we say “teacher leadership” or “teacher voice” within our own organization. How do we distinguish ourselves from the “sugarplum visions fueled