How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
~ George Washington Carver

Resources for Teacher Leaders

Teacher Leader Model Standards

The Teacher Leader Model Standards are intended to codify, promote, and support teacher leadership as a vehicle for transforming schools to meet the needs of 21st-century learners. Rather than serve as a comprehensive job description for teacher leaders, the Standards instead describe seven domains of leadership. Each domain is further developed and supported by a list of functions that a teacher leader who is an expert in that domain might perform

Links to Seven Domain Standards (Courtesy of

Cick here to get PDF document of all TeacherStandards.pdf

Get off the Sidelines and Into the Game

Teachers have a perspective you can't get from anyone else. Therefore, teacher leaders are uniquely positioned to advocate for students and the teaching profession. As teacher leaders, we must find our public voice! Click here for resources to develop the skills needed to work effectively with colleagues, policymakers, and the media.


Do Your Homework

Teacher leaders need to understand the historical context for the current focus on our profession. Read interesting reports, research, and publications on teacher leadership.


Listen to the Voices of Other Teacher Leaders

Read national reports, essays, and blogs by teacher leaders who have found their public voice.


Presentations and Current CTL Research

AERA09.PPS by the Center for Teacher Leadership's research fellow, Dr. Lisa Abrams.


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