In this week’s Twitter chat we have two excellent teacher-leaders joining us to discuss the concept of Teacher Leadership and tease out what that means to our #BetterTogetherCA community. This will also be a great place to share out ideas, resources, and insights that could help our community take larger leadership roles.
Jen Roberts delivers high quality, and high tech, educational experiences to all of her students regardless of their prior experience with technology or access to it at home. She believes we must educate students for their futures, providing with them the habits of mind, creative problem solving skills and technical experience to continue learning as their world continues changing. Jen is co-author of Power Up: Making the Shift to 1:1 Teaching and Learning with Diana Neebe released by Stenhouse, June 2015. http://www.pluginpowerup.com/ and is currently working on her National Board Certification.
Fifteen years ago, Alex Kajitani was a struggling new teacher in one of California’s poorest neighborhoods. He’d left a potentially lucrative career in restaurant management to pursue his teaching dream, and now his inner-city middle school students were unmotivated, unengaged and uninterested in the math he was teaching. Demoralized and desperate, he set out on a journey to turn his class, and his life, around. Today, Alex holds the title of California Teacher of the Year and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year, 2009, and is lauded for his innovation and “real talk” as a teaching and leadership speaker and trainer nationwide.