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NEW RELEASE: A Guide for Teacher-Powered Site Administrators

Collaborative Leadership for Thriving Teams

We know over half of all teacher-powered schools have designated administrators—and that this role is very different from what a traditional principal does at most K-12 schools. A Guide for Teacher-Powered Site Administrators: Collaborative Leadership for Thriving Teams is designed to address the unique opportunities and challenges that face teacher-powered administrators.

The guide draws on the expertise and experience of eight teacher-powered administrators from schools around the country. You will learn from their knowledge and skills, as well as reflect individually and as a team on what is best for your school.

The guide is intended for any site administrator working at, creating, or converting to a teacher-powered governance model at their school. It is especially relevant to any administrator coming into an already established teacher-powered school or an administrator whose team wants to move to a more teacher-powered model.

Download a digital copy of the guide for free right now. Physical copies will be available for purchase ($15) next month.

Navigating Leadership Changes With Intention

An interview with Ayla Gavins, Principal of Mission Hill School

Ayla Gavins chose to make the transition out of her leadership role at Mission Hill after 12 years. What does a change like that mean in a teacher-powered school? How has Mission Hill prepared for this moment? What advice does Ayla have for other administrators?

“Be present and have contact and engage with kids about their work. They need as many people seeing them as intellectuals as possible…

Establish a relationship with every single teacher and everybody who’s connected to instruction so that they see themselves as intellectuals but also as powerful people.”

—Ayla Gavins
This interview by teacher-powered ambassador Danny Flannery shines a light on the inner workings at Mission Hill and serves as a guide for other schools facing transition.

Read the full interview.

Fostering School Conditions Where Talent Thrives

The latest entry in Education Evolving’s blog series Retaining Teachers makes the case for a positive culture and climate, teacher collective efficacy, and culturally responsive school leadership as means of keeping talented teachers—conditions familiar to those in teacher-powered schools.

“Teachers need to see themselves as leaders; helping to push them further into leadership roles helps to distinguish that I am but one leader amongst several leaders, with all of our voices having value and influence,” shares Dr. Letitia Davis, principal at teacher-powered Baldwin Hills Elementary in Los Angeles.

This ongoing series looks closely at the systemic determinants of teacher retention. Over the coming months, the series will highlight examples of schools—many teacher-powered—that maintain stable and consistent teachers and leaders.

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Teacher opportunities

ISN’s 2019 National Conference On Educational Innovation
Wisconsin Dells, WI | April 10-12

Meet some of the foremost innovation leaders and creative minds in today’s educational world. Learn and share on topics including technology integration for the classroom, student-driven educational workshops, STEM, PBL, personalized learning, and more.

Get tickets.

Let teacher-powered ambassador @Wildlands_LizS know you’ll be there!

The REAL Institute
Boston, MA | July 8-11

Boston Day and Evening Academy’s annual REAL summer intensive is a four-day exploration into the theory, pedagogy, systems and structures of student-centered, competency-based teaching and learning. Because students are always at the core of this work, there is an emphasis on creating and maintaining safe, supportive, trauma sensitive environments to enhance whole-student progress and to ensure that student needs remain the focus of all decision-making.

Learn more.

Teacher-Powered Jobs Board shares job postings from our network of schools around the country. Check in on the board now and bookmark the page to stay in the know for teacher-powered job opportunities.

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