#40: A Vision of Teacher Leadership

Katherine Bassett: The National Network of State Teachers of the Year


Katherine Bassett

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A 26-year middle school librarian and NJ State Teacher of the Year 2000, Katherine Bassett is NNSTOY’s Executive Director, responsible for establishing and expanding the organization. Prior to this position, Bassett served as Director of Policy and Partnerships for the Center for Educator Effectiveness at Pearson, working to support research into educator practice and self-efficacy, and to building partnerships with like-minded organizations to support education.

In this episode you will learn:

    • How Katherine moved on from her 26 years as a school librarian to the Educational Testing Service
    • Where she found creative challenges as a teacher
    • The impact standards-based learning can have on teaching
    • Why the time is ripe for teacher leadership
    • How to feel valued as an educator
    • What it means when we say “I am a teacher”
    • How teachers can take a bigger role in policy and the public’s eye
    • Why lack of respect is damaging the teacher profession
    • The habits of excellent teachers
    • Visualizing-Teacher-Leadership
    • Books Katherine recommends