Where Have All the Teachers Gone?

Rachel Wiley, TU Director at Large, uses her unique perspective, experiences, and insights to tackle this critical question. To do so, she addresses "what might be done to train, recruit, and retain effective teachers: the single most important factor in student achievement." 

Click the title to dive into Rachel's recommendations on how we can retain teachers, particularly those who want to engage students in authentic and meaningful learning.

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Why I Left

After a decade of working in a school district, TU member Carinna Tarvin made the difficult decision to pursue teaching work elsewhere. Recently, an article in a national publication about her former district led her to give voice to hers and others' experiences: "The problem is that by picking one distinct tree in the middle of an unruly forest of reasons, the district leadership has been able to shape the narrative."

Click the title to read Carinna's perspective on the circumstances surrounding her leaving. And it wasn't because of the students

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Making School Wide Change: Electronic Walk Through

TU Director of Communications Mary Moser provides a detailed starting point for creating and utilizing a digital classroom observation tool in order to answer the question "How do you make systematic change without basing your work on vague notions and “we think” statements?" Mary has guidance on anything from formulating questions to utilizing Forms on Office 365 or Google Drive, depending on your district's platform. 

Click the title to learn how to implement this eye-opening data-gathering strategy.

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The Teacher Leader I Want To Be

In her latest writing for CSTP's Stories from School blog, TU Director of Organizing Hope Teague-Bowling shares some reflections on leadership. Whether it be her personal experiences so far in her career or what she values in the leadership of others, Hope recognizes the potential impact of effective teacher leaders, ones who are "part of a team that shares power, distributes responsibilities and is accountable to one another."

Click the title to see how Hope tackles the questions "What kind of leader do you want to be? What kind of teacher leader are you trying to be?"

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We Need to Talk: Crucial Conversations

TU Director at Large Rachel Wiley shares her approach to engaging students in meaningful dialogue, even when there's the potential for conflict -- "In my classroom, we talk about conflict as the most significant part of telling an effective story. [...] Alternatively, in life, we often avoid conflict at all costs. We hide our true feelings, we speak around issues, we end up venting to other people instead of bringing it to the attention of the person with whom we have the problem."

Click the title for Rachel's latest writing for the CORElaborate blog and get ideas for how to support your students' collaborative discussions.

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