Teacher Leadership

2018.06.06 Professional Learning Plan Teacher Development School Board

ASCD The Whole Child Report: Teacher Leadership

"Out of this conversation, several key points came to the forefront:

  • Collaborative, shared leadership—between classroom educators and building administrators—is essential to meet increased student achievement expectations and support student success.
  • Teacher leadership training must be implemented during teacher’s entrance to the profession; it should also become formalized and funded.
  • Teacher leadership is not synonymous with an administrator track; we must create pathways to teacher leadership that keep teachers in the classroom.
  • Teacher leadership must be intentional and fully integrated into school culture.
  • Teacher leadership is not a threat to the role of the principal; shared, collaborative leadership plays to the strengths of each individual on the team.
  • All teachers can and should be expected to cycle in and out of teacher leader roles and responsibilities.
  • Frameworks for teacher leadership are needed, but over-standardization must be avoided. Flexibility is an essential component because each school’s leadership needs differ.
  • Professional development is equally, but separately, needed for teachers and administrators. Training cannot be the same for each distinct role."


16 Resources on Being a Teacher Leader

No matter their roles, teacher leaders shape their school’s culture, improve student learning, and influence practice among their peers. Teachers can adopt various leadership strategies that best fit their talents and interests. Learn how to evaluate your leadership style and start improving your practice and school today with this selection of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource®.

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Free Resources

The Many Faces of Leadership by Charlotte Danielson from Educational Leadership

Teachers can find a wealth of opportunities to extend their influence beyond their own classrooms to their teaching teams, schools, and districts.

Establishing the Need for Peer Coaching (Chapter 1) by Pam Robbins

Author Pam Robbins describes how peer coaching is a great tool for colleagues to use to help sharpen each other’s skills. In this chapter from her book Peer Coaching to Enrich Professional Practice, School Culture, and Student Learning, Robbins reviews the need for peer coaching, detailing how the process helps the teacher being observed but also gives the peer coach a chance to learn a new style of teaching or reinforce current practices.

Overcoming the Obstacles to Leadership from Educational Leadership

Teacher leaders need support to overcome stubborn barriers created by the norms of school culture—autonomy, egalitarianism, and deference to seniority.

Teacher Leadership in Urban Schools from ASCD Express

Learn about a different teacher leadership structure at an urban Chicago high school, where teacher leaders strive to share decision making, work in teams, and build a professional school community focused on better achievement for all members.

Teacher Leadership: The What, Why, and How of Teachers as Leaders (A Report on the Fall 2014 ASCD Whole Child Symposium)

Share this report with your administrator on the benefits of teacher leadership and new ways of approaching teacher leadership in your school.

What Mentors Learn About Teaching from Educational Leadership

When an experienced teacher mentors a new one, how does the veteran’s teaching life change?

How Teachers Lead Teachers from Educational Leadership

When teachers lead instructional change, these seven strategies help them engage their colleagues and get everyone on board.

ASCD Emerging Leaders Program

ASCD is seeking a select, powerful, and active group of education professionals to become the next generation of ASCD leaders. Are you up for the challenge? Read more about the program and requirements.

ASCD Member-Only Access

Peer Coaching to Enrich Professional Practice, School Culture, and Student Learning (Premium Members Access All Chapters)

Premium members can log in to read all chapters of Pam Robbins’s book on peer coaching as a job-embedded learning strategy. Learn how peer coaching can effectively support the growth of every teacher and enrich learning processes in any school.

Teaming Up to Lead Instruction from Education Update

Good instructional leaders don’t hide in a corner office or behind a desk. Effective instructional leadership requires communication, visibility, and accessibility on the part of administrators and teachers and a commitment to collaboration.

When Teachers Support and Evaluate Their Peers from Educational Leadership

In peer assistance and review (PAR) programs, teacher leadership plays an essential role in growing teachers’ practice.

Teaching Is Leading from Educational Leadership

Teacher leadership happens every day, both inside and outside the classroom.

ASCD Resources

Teacher Leadership That Strengthens Professional Practice by Charlotte Danielson

The principal characteristic of teacher leadership, as described here, is that it is completely informal. Teacher leaders don’t gain their authority through an assigned role or position; rather, they earn it through their work with both their students and their colleagues. Author Charlotte Danielson illustrates three stories of teachers who embody these characteristics. Subsequent chapters describe teacher leadership in some detail and enumerate what it is that teacher leaders actually do.

How to Thrive as a Teacher Leader by John G. Gabriel

This book is primarily geared toward teacher leaders or those aspiring to leadership roles, and includes beneficial tips and techniques that all school employees should have in their educational toolboxes. Learn about effective teacher leadership, particularly how to be a skillful communicator who can neutralize resistance and find ways to create a positive climate and a sense of community.

Other Duties as Assigned: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Expert Teacher Leadership by Jan Burgess with Donna Bates

In this book, you’ll find varied and engaging guidance for mastering both the concrete and intangible aspects of the essential teacher leader role. Authors and veteran educators Jan Burgess and Donna Bates highlight key research findings, provide prompts for reflection, address the common dilemmas of teacher leaders, and give real-world answers to the most-pressing leadership challenges.

Peer Coaching to Enrich Professional Practice, School Culture, and Student Learning by Pam Robbins

Pam Robbins explains how to develop a collaborative, learning-focused culture and build trust among colleagues; offers strategies for participating in difficult conversations that yield useful feedback; clarifies how to develop, sustain, and evaluate peer coaching efforts; and showcases exemplary peer coaching practices used in real schools.

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