New chief, old education game plan
Florida last week tapped its fifth top educator in 18 months: former Indiana school chief, Tony Bennett. Andy Ford, president the state's largest teachers' union, the Florida Education Association, isn't one who's singing the praises of Bennett, who faithfully navigated in the Hoosier State the test-centric accountability FEA has long criticized (We have a conversation with Bennett about his plans in a Front & Center later this week). In an email interview, Editorial Writer Darryl Owens asked Ford about Bennett's hire, teacher accountability and ongoing reforms. Read the Q&A:
Three SBOE members gave to Bennett's campaign
Shanahan responds to criticism of Bennett
FEA won't back down on SB 736 lawsuit
News that the state of Florida is arguing that individual teachers have no standing to challenge Senate Bill 736 in court isn't sitting well with the Florida Education Association. On Monday, the teachers union responded on its website that it will not walk away from the suit, and that it looks forward to fighting the law on its merits rather than on some technicalities. "Unlike the state, FEA looks forward to our day in court," the group proclaimed. "We believe that the courts will agree with us that legislative leaders and the governor went beyond their authority in passing and implementing this law." The arguments could begin as early as next month. Stay tuned.
Revised numbers rate 99.5 percent of Alachua County teachers favorably (Karen McCann quoted)
Baxley favors ending ban on guns in schools (Mark Pudlow quoted)
Hernando schools increase security (Joe Vitalo quoted)
Orange County proposes deputies at schools
Group makes grant to engage teachers in meeting new college and career ready standards (Dennis Van Roekel quoted)
Reconnecting McDowell celebrates progress of first year (Randi Weingarten quoted)
Online-only university among Florida's options for more distance education
Older, returning students strain Florida’s community and state colleges
Lawmaker to pull bill drastically changing Bright Futures
Florida builders' rich tax loophole hurts local governments
Crist to testify in U.S. Senate about Florida election law
Q and A with: Charlie Crist
Florida Democratic Party chairman race down to two
Obama’s new offer on fiscal crisis could lead to deal
The politics of work
“Right to work’s” dark side -- low wages, economic decline
Educational Leadership - The ways teachers can lead are as varied as teachers themselves.....
Teachers assume a wide range of roles to support their school and student success. Since teachers exhibit leadership in multiple (sometimes overlapping) ways, they often serve as leaders among their peers.
Some leadership roles are formal with designated responsibilities. Other more informal roles emerge as teachers interact with their peers. The variety of roles ensures that teachers can find ways to lead that fit their talents and interests. Whether these roles are assigned formally or shared informally, teacher leaders shape the culture of their schools, by building the entire school's capacity to improve student learning, and influence practice among their peers.
So what are some of the leadership roles available to teachers? The following 10 roles are a sampling of the many ways teachers can contribute to their schools' success. Click here to learn more about each of these options.
1. Resource Provider
2. Instructional Specialist
3. Curriculum Specialist
4. Classroom Supporter
5. Learning Facilitator
7. School Leader
8. Data Coach
9. Catalyst for Change
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