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Nov 15, 2021

What is the truth about teacher leadership? Is it an exciting opportunity to become a change agent, or, is it just another managerial manifestation of the status quo? Randy Swift and Pedro Dones III are two teacher leaders from New York who have had very different experiences in the role. On the episode, we explore their perspectives and how they have each brought their unique purpose to life as teacher leaders.

Show notes:

  • Randy and Pedro describe their current roles as teacher leaders. (4:40)
  • The graduated program of teacher leadership in NYC that includes model teacher, peer collaborative teacher and master teacher. (7:20)
  • Randy’s experience as a teacher leader within his school. (12:00)
  • Unpacking the purpose of teacher leadership. (17:00)
  • Modelling what it means to be a reflective and responsive practitioner. (27:50)
  • Teacher leadership as a career path to maintain engagement. (34:20)
  • Maintaining a shared vision through observations, feedback, and presence. (39:00)
  • Coaching peers to solve problems by coming up with their own solutions. (50:15)

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