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posted by: Linda Gregg on November 22, 1998 at 2:14PM
subject: Motivating Leaders, Linda Gregg
The Mathematics and Science (MASE), II project (Las Vegas, NV) currently
has five leadership groups. The first is the K-2 mathematics group. They
study with Kathy Richardson over time. We have found that working with an
expert from the field who is nationally recognized has multiple benefits for
the teacher leaders and the project. Teachers are willing to contribute
time and expertise to lead sessions in order to form colleagial
relationships with a project consultant. The teacher leaders are empowered
and their growing level of expertise benefits all project participants and
students. Everyone wins. Choice of consultants and content of sessions
must be carefully crafted to maximize the potential for the teacher leaders
and project participants.

Other leadership groups are structured around curriculum, Investigations
and FOSS. Four leadership groups (K-2 mathematics and K-2 science, and 3-
mathematics and 3-5 science)study with additional project consultants.
Project consultants who add depth and expertise to the project include Dr.
Lawrence Lowery, Dr. Rebecca Dyasi, Mitch Bleier, Larry Malone, Linda
DeLucchi, Dr. Rebecca Corwin, and Dr. William Speer. They work primarily
with teacher leaders over time. They also conduct large group sessions for
project participants. In one professional development model that has been
successful, the project consultant works with teachers leaders who then
implement strategies and content with their students. Leaders then reflect,
process and plan with the concultant. A "mini-conference" is planned. The
consultant is the keynote speaker and the teacher leaders facilitate
breakout sessions.

The result has been a growing willingness to accept the role and
responsibility of and continue as a teacher leader.

The question remains, without funds, what is the benefit that will attract
teacher leaders in the numbers needed for this demanding role? Is it
professionalism, respect? How do we generate professionalism and respect in
today's politicial climate? Is publishing one opportunity?

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