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Peabody presentations at International Teacher Leadership Conference

Published March 7, 2017

From left, Marisa Cannata, Mollie Rubin

Peabody College’s Marisa Cannata and Mollie Rubin presented their research during the International Teacher Leadership Conference last week in Miami. 

Cannata, a research assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, presented the paper “Teacher Involvement in Hiring: Changes Over Time.”’


This paper examines the intersection of two important aspects of teacher careers: teacher hiring and teacher leadership to explore the influence teachers have over hiring new teachers in their school. In addition to examining trends in teacher influence over hiring since 1987, it explores three paths by which teachers come to have influence over this important organizational decision: communal, positional, and affinity. 

Cannata and Rubin, a research associate in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, also presented at the panel presentation “Developing and Enacting Teacher Leadership in District-Based Reform.”


This session presents different perspectives of a research-practice partnership that uses teacher-led teams to design, develop, and implement an innovation focused on building student ownership and responsibility. This partnership included school implementation teams, comprised of teachers, that used continuous improvement processes to develop, implement, and deepen change practices in their schools. Teacher leaders, researchers, and administrators will share their perspectives on how teacher leadership was developed and enacted, and the opportunities and challenges encountered.

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