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Abstract

Jessica Endlich brings the reader into intimate contact with the faculty of a small, urban high school which depends heavily on voluntary teacher leadership, and finds itself straining against the limits of capacity. Her candid interviews show vividly the tensions that exist when there is never enough time, support, appreciation, and equity to turn a wonderful idea into reality. She suggests some baseline, common-sense strategies to enable teachers to lead without sacrificing their students or their own personal lives.

Author Biography

Jessica Endlich Winkler is an assistant principal at Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where she previously spent four years teaching mathematics to ninth- through eleventh- grade students. A graduate of Bank Street College's Leadership for Educational Change program, she anticipates a long career dedicated to improving public schools.

 

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