For many of us, Valentine’s Day is a day of romance, flowers, chocolates, and perhaps an expensive present or two for your significant other. But Valentine’s Day can be so much more than that: it can also be an opportunity to show the people in your life that they are important and valued.
So what’s a better day than today to show your appreciation for the teacher leaders in your life?
For the last month, the ASCD Forum has focused educator discussion on the topic, “how can we cultivate and support teacher leaders?” The discussion will continue into April, and today is an important day to stop and reflect on how far appreciation and recognition can really go in supporting teacher leaders and the great work they do to support student success.
For some teacher leader inspiration, check out these ASCD EDge blog posts from the ASCD Forum conversation:
- Ashanti Foster (@NBCTeacherMommy) shares her personal perspective in I Knew I Was a Leader When…
- Suzie Brooks (@SimplySuzy) reflects that while she wouldn’t call herself a leader, others do give her that title. Since Suzy needs to know where she’s leading people, it’s Time for a Map!!
- Barry Saide (@barrykid1) was inspired by lessons from the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure to give us all some valuable advice: Be Excellent to Each Other!
- Eric Bernstein (@BernsteinUSC) responds to Barry’s post with some additional thoughts in Meaningful Learning: An Excellent Adventure.
- Kevin Parr discusses how teacher leaders can help principals identify them, since sometimes their quiet excellence may be difficult to identify in Identifying Teacher Leaders: How Teachers Can Help.
Several group participants have also commented in the ASCD Forum group on ASCD EDge, as well as via Twitter using the #ASCDForum hashtag.
But this is just the beginning of the conversation. Won’t you join the conversation and tell us how you show your appreciation for teacher leaders? We want to hear from you: let’s show teacher leaders the love!