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
Chapter 6: Teacher Voice and Technology
Teacher Voice and Technology
Technology gives teacher voice a platform to be heard by the world.
The notion of either of us writing a chapter on technology is somewhat ironic, because neither of us would be self-described tech-savvy individuals. Don’t get us wrong, we do have some skills in this area: We both type, use Skype, and are active on Twitter. One of us even uses an electronic calendar, and the other loves to shop online. (Do not let gender bias fool you in determining who does which on this one!) Most importantly, we are both perpetual learners and are continually picking up new tech skills from our colleagues, teachers we work with, and most frequently from our kids!
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