Teacher Leadership That Strengthens Professional Practice

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Overview

Every school relies on teachers who informally and voluntarily lead various efforts in the school. These teachers may not be appointed leaders or paid leaders, but they are committed leaders: they see a need and they respond to it. What do these teacher leaders do that is different from the work of excellent teachers who are not teacher leaders? If we can articulate those skills, says Charlotte Danielson, then we can take steps to enable more teachers to develop those skills and be better equipped to tackle special projects.

Teacher Leadership That Strengthens Professional Practice is designed to be a resource not only for prospective teacher leaders but also for administrators who want to better support the development of outstanding teacher leaders.

Teachers seeking to expand their leadership capacity will learn how to

  • recognize an opportunity and take initiative
  • mobilize colleagues around a common purpose
  • marshal resources and take action
  • monitor and adjust the initiative
  • sustain the commitments of others, and
  • contribute to the learning organization

Administrators will find advice on how to cultivate, promote, honor, and empower teacher leaders--and how to work with them to successfully present innovations to the school community.

In short, this book gives individuals and schools a practical framework for tapping teachers' leadership potential and marshaling their efforts to better educate students and create a stronger learning community. As Danielson convincingly shows, genuine teacher leadership is a powerful force for constructive change.

How can you create a school environment where everyone--staff and students alike--will become an active, engaged learner? How can you develop a collegial school culture that will improve morale, expand professional opportunities, and raise student achievement? How can you make a difference in your school?

Judy F. Carr, Nancy Herman, and Douglas E. Harris show how to transform your school into a dynamic learning community. Drawing on decades of experience and success, these former educators and trusted consultants provide expert guidance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416602712
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 157
  • Sales rank: 250,566
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Part I: Teacher Leadership: Breaking New Ground
1: Leadership Stories
2: What Is Teacher Leadership?
3: What Do Teacher Leaders Do?
4: School Culture
Part II: How Teacher Leadership Is Demonstrated
5: Schoolwide Policies and Programs
6: Teaching and Learning
7: Communications and Community Relations
Part III: Promoting and Developing Teacher Leadership
8: Promoting Teacher Leadership
9: The Skills of Teacher Leadership
Appendix: School Audit
References
Index
About the Author
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