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Best Practices for Teacher Leadership

Best Practices for Teacher Leadership
What Award-Winning Teachers Do for Their Professional Learning Communities

January 2006 | 192 pages | Corwin
Praise for Randi Stone's Best Practice collections:

"Will live up to its title and become a favored reference for any teacher, whether in a primary or public, rural or urban, or preschool through high school setting."
-Wisconsin Bookwatch, July 2004

"A priceless tool not only for teachers but also for mentors and administrators."
-Danny McPherson, Principal

West Columbus High School, Cerra Gordo, NC

"Just what the teacher ordered."
-CHOICE, November 2002

"Offers practical, down-to-earth advice."
-Letitia Abram, Media Specialist
Canal Winchester High School, OH

Join award-winning teacher leaders as they discuss their best ideas for today's professional learning communities!

Best Practices for Teacher Leadership chronicles the many and varied ways in which award-winning teachers create professional learning communities through collaborations with colleagues, mentees, faculty groups, learners, families, and neighborhoods.

Join them as they share their best ideas for achieving excellence in education through staff development, hands-on learning, new technologies, mentoring, parent involvement, and more.

About the Authors
About the Contributors
1. Leading Through Collaboration With Colleagues
Excellence in Education

Operation (Help Me!) Collaboration: Or How I Survived My First Years of Teaching

Professional Collaboration Within An Inclusive Classroom Setting: How to Make It Work

Using Staff Development to Implement a Schoolwide Reading Goal

Statewide Teacher Training Networks

Structured Freedom: Successful Schools Through Collaborative Learning Communities

Lifelong Teaching and Learning

Scopes Trial and Error: A Lesson in Integrated Teaching

Staff Development Initiatives Within Faculty Groups

2. Involving Community and Families
Pioneer Days at Bowers Elementary School

Using School/Community Partnerships to Teach History, Heroism, and Heritage

Finding Your Lost Dutchman Mine

The Three “Cs” in Education: A Classroom, a Community, and Collaboration

Parent Involvement

Let’s Take It Outside: Creating a Community Learning Environment

Effective Parent Involvement in the Classroom

Billy: Every Family Is a Special Family

3. Encouraging Hands-On Learning in Science and Technology
Students and Research: Using Students to Create a Science Research Program

CELLLSS (Creating Experiences in Life, Learning, and Laboratory Science Skills) for Girls: Turning Middle and High School Girls On to Science

Voyaging Through Curriculum

Teaming Up for Success

Growing Community Ties Through Gardening

Online Collaboration Benefits Students and Teachers: Classrooms Across the World

Education Technology: Issues, Trends, and Leadership

Promoting Student Interest in Life Science and Technology by Making Students Active Learners

4. Mentoring and Sharing Professional Development
Give Me an “H”: Homework Strategies

Team Teaching From Two Perspectives

Enriching and Extending Teaching Through Professional Conferences

Leading and Modeling Staff Development Initiatives Within Faculty Groups and Within the School

Developing Interest in Reading Strategies Inside the Teaching Community

Teaching Is Not a Solitary Profession

Professional Development: A Life-Changing Event

5. Teaching With Passion
Leading Through Excitement

Peeking Through My Door

The Music Underlying the Words: Classroom Climate

Thank You, Mrs. Woodford

They Believe

Perception, Focus, and Attitude: Teachers Leading the Way

Accepting the Challenge

6. Empowering Students as Leaders
Each One, Teach One

To Russia With Love

Using Children’s Books in the High School Setting


"Three cheers for this wonderful book of stories from award winning teachers who are making a difference everyday in their classrooms around the country! These remarkable teacher leaders have much to share. Involving parents, building and implementing incredible learning projects, collaborating with colleagues, nurturing the gifts that each students brings, and above all, seeing the world through the eyes of a  child, will have you wishing the stories that illustrate their 'how-to' great adventures would never end. This important book recognizes and celebrates regular classroom teachers who are performing everyday miracles. We need to spread the word about our successes! What gifted teachers! What a great read!

Candy Beal, Associate Professor, Middle Grades Education
College of Education, NC State University

"Knowledgeable advice in an engaging format. Personal essays shed light on topics important to all educators desiring to positively impact their professional communities."

Curriculum Connections, Fall 2006
School Library Journal
Key features
  • 41 stories about teacher leadership by award-winning teachers. 
  • These short and lively essays are ideal discussion starters for faculty study groups, in-service workships, and reflective journals
  • Promotes collaboration, mentoring, modeling, and shared decision making for the professional learning community

Sample Materials & Chapters

Stone Preface

Stone Ch 1

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