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Help teachers listen, learn, and lead for powerful school reform! Teacher insight and experience is a powerful yet underutilized resource in education, especially in these days of the new ESSA. Help teachers find their voice and positively influence their school’s learning environment with this inspiring guide. Student aspirations pioneer, Russell Quaglia, helps you expertly facilitate the process. Using the author’s three-part School Voice Model, you’ll discover in-depth action steps to help you incorporate teacher voice that has to be heard to sustain change. With Quaglia and Lande’s clear, step-by-step guidance, teacher interviews, reflections, and expert research, you’ll help teachers:  • Work collaboratively for school change  • Inspire and positively affect education stakeholders  • Effectively express themselves  • Build self-worth and realize their potential  • Increase engagement and define a sense of purpose  • Amplify their voice via technology Bolster teacher leadership and improve retention, innovation, professional development, and student achievement with this breakthrough guide! “In this innovative book, Russell Quaglia and Lisa Lande sets out how we can change that and how the voice of teachers can serve to systematically advance the knowledge-base of the profession and establish opportunities for exchange, collaboration and support. In today’s world, even the best Minister of Education can no longer solve the challenges of millions of teachers. But if we can capitalise on the expertise of millions of teachers, we can create the world’s best school system.” Andreas Schleicher OECD “Quaglia and Lande have produced a treasure trove of new and high leverage ideas. Teachers Voice contains two powerful messages. One is that teacher voice contains the seeds of widespread transformation of learning. The other main message, alas, is that teacher voice is vastly under utilized---and teachers know it! This book is a call and guide to action to leverage a resource that is under our noses. Read it and act.” Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus University of Toronto “Teaching and fishing? Only a couple very imaginative educators would pair these two topics in a book. But that is just what Russell Quaglia and Lisa Lande have done, and that is just what they are–imaginative, optimistic, and deep-thinking educators. Their triadic epigram–Listen, Learn, Lead–would have saved many a frustrated school administrator who thought they should start with ‘lead.’ This book is chock-full of sound advice, practical ideas, and voices of teachers, all describing how teachers work together and communicate with each other, with students, and with parents. Who, other than teachers, deserves a more prominent, yes central, role in any discussion of how schools improve. This is a delightful read that makes a less-imaginative educator want to get up in the morning and go to work. Or go fishing.” Dr. Sam Redding, Executive Director Academic Development Institute

Introduction
Introduction

Many go fishing all their lives without knowing

that it is not fish they are after.

—Henry David Thoreau

The ice has finally left the lake, the sun is peaking over the edge of the ridge, and the mist from the cool crisp air is rising slowly. Four months of preparation have crept by. The lines have all been changed, the reels have been oiled, new flies crafted, licenses purchased, and books and magazines poured through in the hopes of acquiring a new skill that will lead to greater success. The L.L. Bean attire received for Christmas fits perfectly—ready in full gear! The anticipation is palpable. It is time to begin another fishing season!

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