4 strategies to build strong teacher leadership

Districts seeking to cultivate strong teacher leaders should carefully consider a number of steps and questions as they pursue their goals

teacher-leadershipSchool leaders take on many forms, including students, support staff, and teachers. Building strong teacher leaders helps support a positive and high-achieving school culture, and one of the first stops on the path to teacher leadership involves defining the purpose of teacher leadership.

A new report from the Aspen Institute Education & Society Program and Leading Educators outlines a roadmap for teacher leadership, and notes that “effective teacher leadership marries form with function in order to create transformative change in schools.”

This means that teacher leadership initiatives are clearly-defined and support teaching and learning goals within the district.

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Laura Ascione

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