This book follows eight teacherpreneurs, observing their journeys toward becoming teacher leaders whose work is defined not by administrative procedures, but by their knowledge of students and drive to influence policies and practices. These personal narratives tell us much about innovative teachers who lead in bold ways but do not leave their classrooms. Teacherpreneurs shows how teachers can be connected, readied, and mobilized to drive the transformation of their profession.
Praise for Teacherpreneurs
"Filled with rich narratives and research, this book is a must–read for teachers, administrators, and researchers, as well as education policy leaders who must invest in teaching to build the profession–wide expertise that our students need and deserve."
Linda Darling–Hammond, Charles Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University, California
"Our best teachers want to remain teachers, but they also want to help develop colleagues, write curriculum, and have a voice in shaping educational policy at the local, state, and national level. Empowering our most effective teachers to take on broader roles should be a goal of every district seeking reform."
MaryEllen Elia, superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida
"Teacherpreneurs envisions a new renaissance for the teaching profession, where the roles of practitioner and leader are synonymous. It is at times poignant, in realistically considering this sacred profession′s past and present. But, it is also genuinely powerful, personal and, most importantly, relentlessly hopeful."
Jason E. Glass, superintendent, Eagle County Schools, Colorado
About the Center for Teaching Quality x
About the Authors xi
Prologue: Why We Wrote This Book xvii
CHAPTER 1: Advocating for a Bold Brand of Teacher Leadership 1
CHAPTER 2: Defining the Teacherpreneur 16
CHAPTER 3: Preparing for Teacherpreneurism 36
CHAPTER 4: Making Teachers and Teaching Visible 60
CHAPTER 5: Transcending Teaching s Past 82
CHAPTER 6: Cultivating Teacherpreneurs for Teacher–Led Schools 104
CHAPTER 7: Meeting Resistance and Crossing Borders 122
CHAPTER 8: Creating What We Have Imagined 140
CHAPTER 9: Finnish(ing) Lessons for Teacherpreneurism 165
CHAPTER 10: Foreseeing 2030 179
Barnett Berry is the founder, partner, and chief executive officer of the Center for Teaching Quality, based in Carrboro, North Carolina. Ann Byrd serves as chief operating officer and partner at the Center for Teaching Quality. Alan Wieder is a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina and a senior research consultant with the Center for Teaching Quality.
Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) is a national nonprofit that is transforming the teaching profession through the bold ideas and expert practices of teachers. For more information please visit www.teachingquality.org.