Transformative Teachers: Teacher Leadership and Learning in a Connected World

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Harvard Education Press, 2017 - Education - 262 pages
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Transformative Teachers offers an insightful look at the growing movement of civic-minded educators who are using twenty-first-century participatory practices and connected technologies to organize change from the ground up. Kira J. Baker-Doyle highlights the collaborative, grassroots tactics that activist teachers are implementing to transform their profession and pursue greater social justice and equity in education.

The author provides a framework and practical suggestions for charting the path to transformative teacher leadership as well as suggestions for how others, including administrators and outside organizations, can support them. In addition, the book profiles fifteen transformative teachers who are changing the face of education, features three case studies of organizational allies (Edcamps, the Philadelphia Education Fund, and the Connected Learning Alliance), and includes insights from a wide range of educational leaders.

A guide to the norms and practices of innovative educators, Transformative Teachers offers a clear and compelling vision of the potential for grassroots change in education.

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Kira J. Baker-Doyle is an Associate Professor of Education and the Director of Master's Degree and Certificate Programs at Arcadia University School of Education in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Her research has centered on teacher professional development, social network theory, and community engagement, especially in urban schools and communities. She is known in her field for her work in translating the principles of social network theory into practices that foster teacher learning and professional development. She is the author of The Networked Teacher: How New Teachers Build Social Networks for Professional Support (2011), and the co-editor of the forthcoming book, Networked by Design: Interventions for Teachers to Develop Social Capital. She cofounded the Connected Learning Certificate program at Arcadia, a hybrid graduate program designed to cultivate K-16+ educators' leadership, networking, and engagement in connected learning. At Arcadia University, Baker-Doyle teaches education courses about writing and literacies, with an emphasis on digital media and connected technologies.

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