California Educator

December/January 2019

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Often educators' creativity spills over into a book, blog, app or other work. We're happy to showcase members' talents. Making a Scene M I K E K I M M E L spent 11 years working on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. The actor and ESL and drama teacher, a member of Burbank Teachers Association, has long felt the need for practical, effective training tools for child and teen actors. So, he's written several instruc- tional books to meet the need, including Monologues for Teens (2018), named Performing Arts Book of the Year by the Independent Author Network, and Monologues for Kids and Tweens (2019). The family-friendly books contain positive imagery and subtle life lessons. Available at Amazon and Adventures in Teacher Leadership E V E R W O N D E R E D A B O U T the first steps to becoming a teacher leader, what kinds of approaches work best, and how to overcome inevitable challenges in leading colleagues on a journey toward professional improvement? Burbank Teachers Association's Rebecca Mieliwocki (California and National Teacher of the Year, 2012) and co-author Joseph Fatheree (Illinois Teacher of the Year, 2007) answer these questions and more in Adventures in Teacher Leadership (2019). This is a guide organized around five key tools — communication, col- laboration, professional development, data and advocacy. The authors and many other state Teachers of the Year describe pathways to leadership, strategies for success, and pitfalls to avoid. The book invites you to expand your professional reach, empower the profession, and make a big difference in the lives of students everywhere. Available at Amazon and continued on page 63 64 CTA & You From Within

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