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Boyd-Dimock, V. & McGree, K. M. (N.D.)  Leading Change from the Classroom: Teachers as Leaders. SEDL. 

As the movement to restructure schools continues, teachers are increasingly being called upon to provide leadership in schools. This  article  describes what teacher leaders do, stories from the field, and the conditions necessary for teacher leadership to occur.

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Cronin, A. (2014) DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup. Edutopia.

This article lists an abundance of ways to access professional development without leaving your home. Technology allows educators access to online webinars, professional learning networks (PLN), and other tools that help teachers connect, learn, and grow as professionals.

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Danielson, C. (2010-11) Evaluations that Help Teachers Learn. ASCD.

Many evaluation models are outdated and do not serve to help teachers grow as professionals. Danielson provides insights on how to ensure teacher quality and promote professional development through evaluation.  This article presents two challenges to consider: the need for trained evaluators and time to have professional conversations.

 

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The MET Project. (2014) Building Trust in Observations: A Blueprint for Improving Systems to Support Great Teaching.  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This how-to tool will help states and districts evaluate the current status of their evaluation tool and then develop plans for continual improvement of their observation system regardless of where they are in implementation. Action steps are included to improve observation rubrics, observer training, observer assessment, and monitoring.

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Killion, J. (2013) Establishing Time for Professional Learning. Learning Forward.

Time is a valuable resource that is needed for professional learning. This how-to report provides research, tools, and strategies on how to embed time for professional learning within the school day.

 

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Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium. (N.D.) Teacher Leader Model Standards.

Leadership by teachers is essential to meeting the needs of students and supporting education professionals.  The Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium developed these standards to promote and support teachers leadership  as a vehicle to transform schools for the 21st century.