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

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Historical Context for Teacher Leadership

WhatMattersMostWhat Matters Most: Teaching for America's Future‌, September 1996 -- Report by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future that launched the national focus on teacher quality.

RedefiningtheTeacherasLeaderLeadership for Learning: Redefining the Teacher as Leader‌, April 2001 -- Report of the Task Force on Teacher Leadership. School Leadership for the 21st Century Initiative, Institute for Educational Leadership, April 2001.

TeachingAtRisk, January 2004 -- Report from The Teaching Commission, a blue-ribbon panel of 19 leaders in government, business, philanthropy, and education led by former IBM chairman Louis V. Gerstner.

Research on Teacher Leadership

Teacher Leadership 2008

  • Though not necessarily about power, teacher leadership is about shared influence. Teacher leadership requires teachers to have access to and an impact on decision-making structures. 2008 Institute for Educational Leadership

Teacher Leadership 2005

2005 Research brief from Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. Teachers use a variety of informal and formal channels to exert leadership, including acting as union representatives, department heads, and mentors. Cultural norms of isolation and individualism within the teaching profession and the worst-case scenario “crab bucket culture” can slow the progress of school improvement What is clear from this study is that traditional forms of management must be modified to be more horizontal and less hierarchical for teacher leadership to flourish

TLS Survey In February 2003 the Center for Teacher Leadership conducted a survey of accomplished teachers to determine their perceptions of themselves as leaders and their training needs.

Publications on Teacher Leadership

Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Helping Teachers Develop as Leaders, Marilyn Katzenmeyer and Gayle Moller, 2001.

Lead with Me: A Principal's Guide to Teacher Leadership, Gayle Moller and Anita Pankake, 2006.

Taking Action with Teacher Research, edited by Ellen Meyers and Frances Rust, 2003.

Teacher Leader Stories: The Power of Case Methods by Judy Swanson, Kimberly Elliott, and Jeanne Harmon, June 2011

Teacher Leadership that Strengthens Professional Practice, Charlotte Danielson, 2006.

"Teachers as Leaders", Educational Leadership, September 2007, Vol. 65 No. 1.

Uncovering Teacher Leadership: Essays and Voices from the Field, edited by Richard H. Ackerman and Sarah V. Mackenzie, 2007.

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