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May 03, 2018

Unleashing Teacher Leadership

“When you have opportunities to lead and impact other educators, and to be a part of how we improve our profession, that is exciting. We need more people to be in the conversation about why leadership matters in education.”
Liz Martin, Master Teacher
  Goshen Middle School, Indiana

The current movement to expand teacher leadership coincides with a great challenge for education. Nearly every state has adopted new learning standards that require teachers to change their instructional practices in significant ways. But, American K-12 education has proven chronically unable to maximize formal teacher leader roles that can bridge the massive capacity gap in instructional leadership.

Our latest report, Unleashing Teacher Leadership, details 10 recommendations for building school-level capacity to improve teaching and accelerate student learning. They are relevant for any school or district looking to provide teachers with leadership opportunities, strengthen their talent development pipeline, and make measurable improvements in classroom instruction and student achievement.

Here are the top five:

  1. Design formal teacher leadership responsibilities to encompass all of the main schoolwide systems for improving instruction.
  2. Leverage teacher leadership to create coherence across major instructional improvement initiatives.
  3. Establish multiple, interconnected leadership positions to increase opportunity, reach and impact.
  4. Emphasize that formal instructional teacher leadership roles enhance, rather than limit, opportunities for all staff to engage in leadership.
  5. Select teacher leaders who have the right set of accomplishments, skills and dispositions to succeed.

Download the full report to learn more.


Take Action

Everyone from teachers to policymakers can help make teacher leadership an essential part of every school. Click on your role below to take action and help realize the full potential of teacher leadership.

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