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Online community becomes a pathway to teacher leadership

By Cindy Gutierrez and Chris Bryan
February 2010
Kate’s perspective on teacher leadership before engaging in this online community is not that unusual. As a 5th-grade teacher, she’s focused on trying to do what is best for her students. However, she often sees her influence ending inside her classroom as she grapples daily with the intense complexity of teaching and the need to respond to external pressures from district, state, and national mandates. What may be unique about Kate is that she is teaching inside an urban Professional Development School, where she also takes on the role of clinical teacher, mentoring teacher candidates from the University of Colorado Denver’s teacher preparation program. A Professional Development School (PDS) is an in-depth school-university partnership designed to bring about the simultaneous renewal of schools and teacher

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Cindy Gutierrez (cindy.gutierrez@ucdenver.edu) is director, Initial Professional Teacher Education, School of Education & Human Development, University of Colorado Denver.

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Chris Bryan is a senior consultant with Learning Forward. She is also the professional development director for the organization One to One Women Coaching Women. Bryan draws on deep instructional experience to serve her clients and learning partners—from classroom teacher, learning specialist, mentor, and staff developer, to instructional coach and coach of coaches. Currently, she coaches school executives, school-based coaches, and other leaders of organizations.


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