Teacher Leaders Network

For years, Education Week Teacher has partnered with the Center for Teaching Quality to publish a regular column by members of the Teacher Leaders Network, which is now the CTQ Collaboratory. For the most recent pieces in the column, visit the new CTQ Collaboratory index page.

Eighth grade teacher Ariel Sacks discusses the benefits, both educational and administrative, of putting students to work in the classroom August 27, 2013 – Teacher

A teacher and father wants his own kids to love learning, and has three requests of their classroom teachers to help make that happen. August 20, 2013 – Teacher

What do you do when you're unexpectedly transferred to teach a different class and grade? A teacher who went through the experience offers seven tips. August 13, 2013 – Teacher

Having headed a districtwide technology initiative for the last five years, an Alabama teacher reflects on past leadership missteps and how she’s since corrected them. August 6, 2013 – Teacher

An instructional coach offers some low-tech ideas for helping students develop collaboration and critical-thinking skills. July 31, 2013 – Teacher

An upcoming first-year teacher describes the most valuable lessons she learned from the veteran teacher with whom she interned. July 22, 2013 – Teacher

Before embarking on a trip to Nepal, teacher Wendi Pillars received a surprise lesson from her class about generosity and the value of understanding students’ passions. July 16, 2013 – Teacher

Fourth grade teacher Lana Gundy says that she gained insight into her students’ application skills and interests by having them create their own math problems. July 9, 2013 – Teacher

Just because a teacher's absent doesn't mean the day has to be a waste, says Dave Orphal. These tips can help keep the class attentive and engaged with a substitute. July 2, 2013 – Teacher

A teacher offers six suggestions for giving students purposeful practice in oral communication, a focus of the common standards. June 25, 2013 – Teacher

In a discussion about what the common core means for educators, two teachers describe the ways they’ve seen it lead to “joyful learning.” June 18, 2013 – Teacher

Working with, and ultimately getting through to, a difficult 6th grader reminded this teacher that students' personal gains are often as important as their academic ones. June 11, 2013 – Teacher

Becoming a student again reminded this gifted-education teacher about some basic teaching musts, including providing clear directions and encouraging class camaraderie. June 3, 2013 – Teacher

Jennie Magiera, a digital learning expert, offers tips on using free platforms and tools that she says can help teachers jumpstart their own professional learning. May 29, 2013 – Teacher

Opening up the lines of communication with parents and listening to their advice can make it easier to teach and support their children, says a special education teacher. May 21, 2013 – Teacher

Letting other educators and community members into their classrooms helps teachers see their students and practices with new eyes, says 6th grade teacher Jessica Cuthbertson. May 14, 2013 – Teacher

With school budgets tightening, teachers may feel even more pressure to spend their own money on classroom supplies. These tips can help keep the costs down to almost nothing, says a math teacher. May 8, 2013 – Teacher

Kimber Larson, a 6th grade teacher, shares the grading policy that she says transformed her classroom into a positive learning environment. April 30, 2013 – Teacher

A Los Angeles teacher shares how a program designed to create a greater college-going culture at school has also served as a vehicle for student voice and leadership. April 23, 2013 – Teacher

After trying out a co-teaching model with her school's reading specialist, a language arts teacher offers some lessons learned from the collaboration. April 17, 2013 – Teacher

Megan Allen, a 5th grade teacher in Florida, offers a confidence-boosting tip sheet for educators who are interested in getting involved in education policy and school decisionmaking. April 10, 2013 – Teacher

A high school English teacher aims to counter his coworker's fears that the common-core literacy standards' focus on nonfiction will hinder students' creativity. April 3, 2013 – Teacher

Jennifer Barnett says that introducing initiatives to get students thinking about life after high school has had a dramatic effect on student involvement and engagement at her school. March 26, 2013 – Teacher

Literacy teacher Jessica Cuthbertson explains what losing her voice to laryngitis recently taught her about good teaching. March 20, 2013 – Teacher

A teacher who has been in and out of the classroom for the last three years offers some pointers that have helped get her reading lessons back on track. March 13, 2013 – Teacher

Running shares many of the same characteristics as teaching and can help educators connect with their students on a different level, says Wendi Pillars. March 5, 2013 – Teacher

High school English teacher Larry Ferlazzo offers advice on helping students develop more positive emotions, which he says can enhance their attention and higher-order thinking skills. February 26, 2013 – Teacher

Language arts teacher Rob Kriete examines the habits of successful teacher-learning cohorts. February 20, 2013 – Teacher

After years of experimentation and reflection, English and digital media teacher Paul Barnwell offers his current take on smart—and not-so-smart—ways to use technology in the classroom. February 12, 2013 – Teacher

English teacher Nathan Sun-Kleinberger says older students often need to be taught to recapture their creativity through exercises that encourage "divergent thinking." February 6, 2013 – Teacher

Teacher and policy advocate Megan Allen offers tips for teachers on how to balance their time and rediscover their passion for teaching. January 29, 2013 – Teacher

Veteran teacher Elizabeth Stein shares tips on bringing more meaning and value to data-driven instruction. January 22, 2013 – Teacher

Many teachers are worried they'll have to scratch poems from their syllabi under the common standards, but teacher Ben Curran says all that's needed is a shift in the way poetry is read and discussed. January 15, 2013 – Teacher

Inviting students to help make changes in their school can be a powerful exercise in practicing leadership, says teacher Jennifer Barnett. January 8, 2013 – Teacher

With the Common Core State Standards hovering, a middle school math teacher discusses her efforts to help her students reason abstractly and approach problems more systematically. December 31, 2012 – Teacher

A middle school teacher describes how she walked "a fine line" in answering her students' questions about the Sandy Hook school shooting. December 19, 2012 – Teacher

A secondary language arts teacher shares how she uses film to inspire her students' interaction with a variety of texts. December 12, 2012 – Teacher

A language arts teacher offers ideas for establishing grading practices that make kids not only want to succeed, but feel that they can. December 4, 2012 – Teacher

Instructional coach Ben Curran offers tips on getting started with student blogging, which he says can help address the common standards in language arts. November 28, 2012 – Teacher

Teacher Wendi Pillars says recent findings in neuroscience can help teachers better understand the reading-development process. November 14, 2012 – Teacher

The true magic in putting tablets in the classroom comes from effective teacher pedagogy and implementation models, says digital-learning expert Jennie Magiera. November 7, 2012 – Teacher

Despite all the negative news about teachers, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate the profession, says a high school teacher. October 30, 2012 – Teacher

Teacher and tech coach Brianna Crowley offers advice to help teachers better understand and negotiate the digital push taking place in many schools. October 24, 2012 – Teacher

By reflecting on situations in which they've needed help themselves, teachers can gain insight into strategies that will make learning easier for students, says a gifted education teacher. October 9, 2012 – Teacher

ELL teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski offer examples of games that work well in the ELL classroom and can be adapted for all English-ability levels. September 25, 2012 – Teacher

Games can help create meaningful and low-anxiety opportunities for English-language learners to develop fluency, say Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski. September 19, 2012 – Teacher

Educators John Prosser and Ryan Prosser from Tacoma Public Schools offer tips on using ethical dilemmas in the classroom to promote critical thinking and self-efficacy in students. September 12, 2012 – Teacher

Wendi Pillars, a veteran English-Language-learner teacher, explains how Action Research can help educators better understand and address instructional challenges. September 5, 2012 – Teacher

A 2nd grade teacher touts the benefits of video clubs, in which groups of teachers watch and discuss video-recorded lessons. August 28, 2012 – Teacher

A 6th grade teacher says that carefully introducing her students to the protocols of academic discussion and inquiry has led to improvements in engagement and learning. August 22, 2012 – Teacher

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