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Leadership for New Teachers: How to Turn the Job Into a Career

by: Sarah Reeves Young and Mike Roberts

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Finally, this chapter talks about how to translate your enthusiasm and energy into becoming a young leader in the world of science education. It will look at possible future career aspirations that science teachers can have, and how to achieve those by taking advantage of the ideas proposed in the previous chapters. When looking at this final chapter, I had to ask myself, “How did I end up here?” It was not so long ago that I had taken the reigns of my first classroom and had jumped into the world of science education. I now have the great opportunity to work with the science education community as the K–12 Science Specialist with the Utah State Office of Education. So how did I get from there to here?


Address teachers' needs as learners and build on their current knowledge of science content, teaching, and learning. (NSES) Applies knowledge about human learning and change. (NSDC) Build on the teacher's current science understanding, ability, and attitudes. (NSES) Careers Clear, shared goals based on a vision of science learning, teaching, and teacher development congruent with the National Science Education Standards . (NSES) Collaboration among the people involved in programs, with clear respect for the perspectives and expertise of each. (NSES) Communicating Encourage and support teachers in efforts to collaborate. (NSES) Participate fully in planning and implementing professional growth and development strategies for themselves and their colleagues. Scientific habits of mind Support the sharing of teacher expertise by preparing and using mentors, teacher advisers, coaches, lead teachers, and resource teachers to provide professional development opportunities. (NSES) Uses learning strategies appropriate to the intended goal. (NSDC) Work together as colleagues within and across disciplines and grade levels.


Type Book ChapterPub Date 9/15/2013ISBN 978-1-936959-49-5Stock # PB342X_14

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