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Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don't Leave Paperback – August 12, 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (August 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111845619X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118456194
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Teacherpreneurs makes a simple, well-grounded claim: For the students of today and tomorrow to meet 21st-century learning standards, teachers must be transformative leaders. We need a bold new brand of teacher leadership that will create opportunities for teachers to cultivate and share their knowledge and expertise. Enter the teacherpreneur.

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 Author

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.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justin, 2nd Grade Teacher on August 10, 2013
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Teacherpreneurs is both radical and common sense. This line sums up why that is: "...the job of leading the schools is too complicated to be held primarily by those who are not directly reminded on a daily basis of why children are or are not learning." If we want to design the kinds of schools our children deserve, it makes sense to involve teachers directly in shaping standards, curriculum, and education policy. That idea is terrifying to people who have very little contact with students yet make a living by designing their schools from afar. This book lays out a possible school system that is both practical and revolutionary--a system where teachers lead reform without leaving the classroom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wiggy on September 15, 2013
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I am a college professor who prepares teachers. Every year, I buy my students a book that I hope will influence them as teachers, leaders, and human beings. When I read Teacherpreneurs this August, I realized that this needed to be the book for this semester. I want my pre-service teachers to be leaders. I want them to learn from great teachers and leaders. I want my teachers to lead their profession. I want them to be hopeful about what they can do with their students. Teacherpreneurs tells the stories of the teachers that my pre-service teachers can become.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Crowley on August 14, 2013
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If you care about education and what it will take to advance our system to meet the needs of students and teachers, you will want to read this book. Teacherpreneurs outlines what it will take to build a true profession around the people who are directly responsible for the education of our students: teachers. What if teachers were directly involved in crafting legislation around educational funding and teacher accountability? What if teachers' talent and ideas were being tapped and systematically spread to other schools, districts, and classrooms rather than isolated? What if instead if isolating and diminishing teachers we expected, asked, and rewarded them for leading using their own ideas, experience, and passions? The answer these author's posit is a the hybridization of teacher's role: a blending of teaching and entrepreneurial innovation. Teacherpreneurs.

The idea is both simple and yet completely out-of-the-box from the current ed reform landscape. The book itself presents a balanced approach by using individual stories to craft the vision and a multitude of research to validate and provide credibility for the idea's sustainability. Additionally, the book is balanced between presenting the idea and inviting the reader to engage more deeply with it. Discussion questions and action-step suggestions are embedded at the end of every chapter to promote the personalization of this idea. Also, QR coded images are used throughout to encourage the reader to engage with supplemental multi-media pieces related to the concepts and ideas. Overall, the manuscript presents a form-follows-function approach: an innovative text for an innovative idea.

If you are an educator, a former educator, or if you know an educator, this would make a great read and/or a great gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah@Schultz Center on September 25, 2013
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This book demonstrates the time is now to use the vast resource of teacher expertise that already exists, to transform schools so they work for children and families. Missing from twenty years of polarizing debates on school reform have been the voices of expert practicing teachers.
The stories of eight teacher leaders are refreshingly authentic and compel us to imagine the thousands, if not millions of educators who could be encouraged to share their deep knowledge of children and learning with their colleagues and communities.
"Teacherpreneurs" echoes the work of Marilyn Katzenmeyer and Gayle Moller so aptly titled "Awakening the Sleeping Giant" - Helping Teachers Develop as Leaders.
The highest performing nations in the world are already empowering their teachers to lead and "Teacherpreneurs" is a welcome boost to the aspirations of all American educators who are ready to be heard.
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I've used this book with my preservice teachers as we think about building the leadership capacity of our future teachers. It is motivating, inspiring, and shatters the traditional box that we place teaching inside. This book is helping change the way we look at teachers and gives hope for the future transformation of education.
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