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How Can Teacher Leaders Transform Their Practice?
Author:  Anthony Cody
Title/Position: Middle school science teacher
Location of Exemplar:  Oakland, CALIFORNIA
Format:  article
The Exemplar will be most useful for: Supporting Teacher Leaders at Your School
Veteran middle school science teacher Anthony Cody works at a high-needs school in Oakland, California. On his blog, Living in Dialogue, Cody discusses the pressing school reform issues facing education today. His premise is that true reform must start as a grassroots movement where teachers are the decision-makers.

In posts such as “John Thompson: Gates Foundation Teacher Effectiveness Researcher Seems to Support the ‘Status Quo’” and “NCLB Waivers Are Not Worthy Reforms in California,” Cody argues that policymakers stressing teacher accountability through student test scores are misguided. He asserts that such measures do not ensure that children are fed and have their medical and social needs met so that they can then focus on learning.

Cody writes that teachers must have the freedom to analyze their practice and implement strategies that will help all students learn. In an interview with Dr. Anna Richert, a professor of education at Mills College, Cody uncovers the benefits of action research. Their conversation sets forth a concise, clear, and systematic format for teachers to reflect on and evaluate the impact that classroom practices have on student learning.

Teacher leaders can use these blog to spark discussion within their schools. Through such discussions, teachers may begin to see the possibilities of action research and become empowered to analyze their own teaching.
Link to Exemplar:  http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/
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