Angela Davis and The Failures of Leadership

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Angela Davis, legendary abolitionist / prison industrial activist / Black Panther icon recently gave an interview that made me snap my fingers a few times. An excerpt: If structural racism and state violence against African-Americans, aided and abetted by global capitalism, are as rampant as Davis says, isn’t she disappointed in the failure of the US’s first African-American president to speak out when a case comes up that seems to …

On Leadership Through Teaching Others To Lead

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Every year, the memory of this day usually sucks. The night before I went to Raleigh, North Carolina (for a Center for Teaching Quality board meeting), I went to my barbershop, where the guys played Malcolm X (the Spike Lee joint). I watch this movie almost annually, just to remind myself of the way this country still throws around the idea of an American dream, but always conveniently bury dissenters …

Short Notes: We Are Powerful Beyond Measure

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A few notes: I’ll be writing lots on the Future of Teaching blog. Here’s my first offering of the week, a congratulatory note for Dr. John Holland. [Future of Teaching] We need you to take action. If you’re against the continuing proliferation of testing, please sign. Thank you! [AFT] What does it mean to be an authentic leader? This also works for anyone looking for authenticity in their work. [Harvard …

Teach Others How To Lead, And Other Tips [Edutopia]

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An excerpt from my latest Edutopia article: Do: Teach Others How to Lead Everyone has expertise in some way, shape or form. Some teachers have great organizing skills (who doesn’t need this?!). Others understand how to put together curriculum materials. Still others have mastered building great teacher-student relationships. Rather than focus on deficiencies, we can play to our colleagues’ strengths and ask them to lead a meeting or workshop on …

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Us Against Them, Unless We Say You’re Not One Of Them

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Last night, I got into it with a few, well-established individuals of color over their union bashing. I’ll stop it there because every time I hear it from people of color, I often lay up a “whatthefuckisthisshit?” and then zip my mouth henceforth. The first time I saw it this summer, it came from a guy who I thought I would respect. Then, he implicitly had to bring the stereotypical …


A Cautionary Note To Burgeoning Teacher Leaders [The Eagle vs The Hummingbird]

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Dear burgeoning teacher leader, Congratulations. You’ve been chosen / selected / promoted to a position of leadership in your school. Whether you’re an instructional coach, an assistant principal, or a lead teacher, your achievements up to this point merit applause. I hope that the benefits and challenges of the position you’re about to undertake in your current post have been outlined for you. If not, rest assured that it’s going …

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Voices of Concerned Educators: The Twilight Zone and How Affluence Perpetuates the Achievement Gap [C. Marquez]

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“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the sign post up ahead, your next stop…The Twilight Zone!” ~Rod Serling As an elementary school administrator, I currently work in the Twilight Zone. This environment is completely foreign to me. Before my recent promotion, I couldn’t imagine any public school …


Don’t Only Talk Like It, Walk Like It

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I‘ve just started reading a couple of books quasi-simultaneously: Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire and The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey. While both seem a little incongruous, both served points about leadership we often lose in the midst of ego-lifting and pontificating. The trust of the people in the leaders reflects the confidence of the leaders in the people. – Paulo Freire and The difference …

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Just A Quick Thought About School Leadership

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A few things come to mind when I’m asked about school leadership. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the school schemas I’ve already been a part of and I’ve witnessed in other schools. In all instances, the critical component wasn’t how much money the above department had allocated to the school’s funds (though that’s a part), it wasn’t how many people there were in the administrative party …