Volume 2 | Issue 2
BY SUZANNE KOTY
We are pleased to share with you the second issue of the year. The South Carolina Teacher Leadership newsletter is a resource for District Teachers of the Year, SC Honor Roll teachers, and teacher leaders throughout the state.
2017-18 South Carolina Teacher Forum
Do you have an active Forum? If so, make sure CERRA has your Forum featured on its website. Send Todd the link for your website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed.
The inaugural year of CERRA’s book club is off to a great start. Teacher leaders from all across the state joined the book club to read and discuss this year’s selection, The WAY of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed by Mark Divine. The participants have had a rich discussion about Divine’s first Principle. They will be participating in a series of virtual meetings throughout the year.
District Teacher Forums in Action
"I Failed Many Times Along the Path
to Teacher Leadership”
by Melissa Collins
Melissa shares how she had to overcome many obstacles including her own growth opportunities in order to realize her goals to become a teacher leader who leads from within the walls of her classroom. Ultimately she chose not to pursue her original goal of administration because she realized that students are her fuel.
Find the article here.
“Turn Your Classroom Into a Team”
by Megan Olivia Hall
“Teachers are classroom leaders responsible for engineering a calm, safe learning environment. Whether class norms are teacher-driven or student-generated, it is the teacher’s responsibility to articulate, model, and reinforce the standards for acceptable behavior in the classroom.”
Read about social and emotional learning here.
The WAY of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed
By Mark Divine
Here are some of our favorite quotes:
“Society’s drummer boy beat his drum, and I, like many of you, marched along oblivious to the much subtler drumbeat inside of me.”
“You will never seek leadership roles as an end in and of themselves. Ultimately, we need to develop what the Japanese call kokoro, which means to merge our heart and mind in action.”
“There is no such thing as perfection, only perfect effort.”