CTQ Collaboratory

Education Week Teacher partners with the Center for Teaching Quality to publish a regular column by teachers who are part of the CTQ Collaboratory. The Collaboratory is a virtual community where educators can connect, learn, and innovate with colleagues to transform teaching. Past articles in this series appear on the Teacher Leaders Network index page.

Most of the proposed solutions for teacher shortages come from policy makers. But there are things teachers themselves can do to change the culture of their schools and encourage each other to stay, writes teacher Tricia Ebner.
February 14, 2018 – Teacher

Too often, classroom texts don't reflect the diverse lives of students, literacy coach Leticia Skae argues. Here's how she transformed her classroom to be more inclusive.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week

With digital tools and social media platforms, teachers can keep families connected to the classroom, educator Cristie Watson writes.
January 10, 2018 – Teacher

Too often, teachers are not treated as professionals or given a voice in district policymaking, Megan Allen writes. Here's why that matters.
January 3, 2018 – Teacher

When writing letters of recommendation, teachers should focus on students’ unique skills, notable qualities, and their personality and creativity, writes Liz Prather.
December 13, 2017 – Teacher

Not knowing what we don't know is a huge issue. But what's almost worse is not admitting what we don't know, says educator Marcia Powell.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week

What is the vision or purpose of your school? Educator Ben Owens shares tips to create a genuine, powerful, and shared mission statement.
November 22, 2017 – Teacher

By going through the National Board-certification process, teachers can experience the high-quality professional learning necessary to improve their work, writes educator Ernie Rambo.
November 1, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers may struggle to solve problems when they don’t work together, but unions can give them the power to create positive change, writes educator Kathleen Melville.
October 25, 2017 – Teacher

When teachers recognize a problem in the school system, they have a responsibility to advocate for change, writes Nick Tutolo. Here’s how he changed his school’s policy on advanced math classes.
October 18, 2017 – Teacher

In these turbulent times, teachers should speak up and use inclusive language to make their classrooms safe environments for all students, writes Daniella Suárez.
October 11, 2017 – Teacher

Visual notetaking can be an important tool for students to synthesize information, create connections, and demonstrate their understanding of difficult concepts, writes arts educator Sherrill Knezel.
October 4, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers should proactively cultivate effective relationships with colleagues and supervisors. Carl Draeger shares four guiding principles to foster a healthy professional climate.
September 27, 2017 – Education Week

Students need choice and voice to be truly engaged in their learning. Marcia Powell shares strategies to design successful educational gaming opportunities with student buy-in.
September 20, 2017 – Teacher

In troubled times, teacher-leaders need to push past feelings of helplessness and lead transformative change, writes Megan Allen.
September 13, 2017 – Teacher

Teaching English-learners can be a rewarding experience—especially if educators know the best practices and necessary facts. Wendi Pillars shares her tips for having a successful year with ELLs.
September 6, 2017 – Teacher

Ernie Rambo shares six steps that teachers can take to guide their own professional learning and become a more effective educator.
August 30, 2017 – Teacher

Amanda Koonlaba shares her three takeaways from the National Gallery of Art’s Teacher Institute. Visual art can be integrated into any subject, she writes.
August 21, 2017 – Teacher

When teachers find the right balance between honing their own expertise and working with others, they have the power to excite students about learning, writes educator Nicole Smith.
August 16, 2017 – Teacher

As the United States becomes more politically divided and some students face bigotry and hostility, teachers must create inclusive environments in their classrooms, argues educator Precious Crabtree.
August 7, 2017 – Teacher

The first day of school can be scary. Nancy Barile shares five ways teachers can help alleviate their new students’ fears.
August 2, 2017 – Teacher

Public education gives students the diverse experiences and opportunities that may not be offered through school choice, writes Jessica Keigan.
July 25, 2017 – Teacher

Challenging students with finding solutions to real-world problems will get them excited about science, technology, engineering, and math classes, writes Anne Jolly.
July 17, 2017 – Teacher (Web)

The United States has a troubled history of dealing with bilingualism. But Daniella Suárez writes that bilingual programs have benefits for all students.
July 12, 2017 – Teacher

Annette Christiansen shares three steps for educators to get involved in the policy process and help the new federal K-12 education law succeed.
July 5, 2017 – Teacher

Teaching has changed significantly in the past three decades, but some elements have stayed the same, veteran teacher Cindi Rigsbee writes.
June 26, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers can transform summer school by designing an active learning process that focuses on the whole learner, writes Elizabeth Stein.
June 19, 2017 – Teacher

There has never been a better time for teachers to become leaders, Carl Draeger writes. Here are some simple activities for educators to hone their leadership skills.
June 12, 2017 – Teacher

Teacher Ben Owens offers solutions for the three most common roadblocks to organizational change.
June 7, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers need to look to the past as well as the future to encourage virtue in their students. William Anderson retools ancient teachings by Confucius to teach his students about self-awareness and accountability.
May 31, 2017 – Teacher

Inspired by a Peruvian artist, Precious Crabtree and her students learned what it means to be global citizens. Students were inspired through art to celebrate differences and learn about other cultures.
May 24, 2017 – Teacher

Social media provides teachers with a network of online support, but can also be distracting, writes Joanna Schimizzi. Teachers should follow these strategies to post and share topics that prompt engagement and inspiration.
May 17, 2017 – Teacher

Sustainable and meaningful professional development should consist of learning experiences that cultivate teachers’ skills and knowledge—and directly support the teaching practice, writes Linda Yaron.
May 9, 2017 – Teacher

How can teachers successfully mandate summer reading? Start with high expectations for all students, urban educator Leticia Skae says.
May 3, 2017 – Teacher

In a climate of high-stakes testing and a focus on standards, teachers should still make room for creativity in their lessons. Students need the freedom and encouragement to explore complex topics in different ways and take ownership of their learning, writes Kimberly Long.
April 26, 2017 – Teacher

As a teacher at an international school in China, Bill Tolley shares his takeaways on teaching controversial subjects under censorship, while still encouraging students to develop critical thinking skills.
April 18, 2017 – Teacher

Too often, school buildings are silos onto themselves. Educators must widen their circles so that all members of the community have a voice in the education of our children, Marcia Powell writes.
April 12, 2017 – Teacher

After realizing that teaching is her lifelong passion, Stephanie Pinkin shares why she returned from coaching and how she found a leadership role in the classroom.
April 4, 2017 – Teacher

The current body of children's literature still lacks representation of urban youth. Students should be able to read books that are relevant to their lives, writes Kathleen Melville.
March 29, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers must overcome their fears of not knowing how to use the latest technology tools and let students take charge, Tricia Ebner writes.
March 21, 2017 – Teacher

Being a part of a diverse network of educators can help teachers broaden their perspectives to better meet all students’ needs, writes Joanna Schimizzi.
March 10, 2017 – Teacher

Inclusive classrooms can teach all students, with or without disabilities, that everyone has unique strengths. Cossondra George shares how her students learned to accept and appreciate each other's learning differences.
March 7, 2017 – Teacher

A team of teachers thrives when its members identify and build off of each other’s strengths to create a positive school culture driven by a shared vision, writes Nick Tutolo.
February 28, 2017 – Teacher

Celebrating Black History Month in class should inspire students to think critically about equality and justice and appreciate a significant part of American history, writes William Anderson.
February 16, 2017 – Teacher

Educators need to remember how to love what they do. Cristie Watson encourages teachers to advocate for the profession to help re-spark their passion for education.
February 14, 2017 – Teacher

To advance collaborative leadership, Wendi Pillars shares insights on defining a shared vision with fellow educators to implement a teacher-powered model in their schools.
February 8, 2017 – Teacher

Create a learning environment that teaches students about the importance of positive relationships and the responsibilities that come with collaborative work, says Cossondra George.
January 31, 2017 – Teacher

Ben Owens’ high school embraces the philosophy of "100-percent engagement, 100 percent of the time." He shares insights on building a student-centered, teacher-powered school culture.
January 24, 2017 – Teacher

Teachers who want to bridge leadership within the classroom and beyond its walls should utilize professional learning networks and use their passion as a grounding force to meet both sets of demands, say Tricia Ebner and Char Shryock.
January 16, 2017 – Teacher

Instructional coaches are supportive partners in the classroom. Linda Yaron shares some key foundations of coaching that transform the classroom into a place of reflection and collaborative dialogue.
January 10, 2017 – Teacher

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