Teacher leadership has become a buzzword recently. All teachers lead activities and lessons in their classrooms. Many teachers also lead after school activities and clubs. Some teachers even serve as administrators, too. These days it’s more normal for teachers to have multiple roles in a school than just one.
So what exactly does teacher leadership mean, and more importantly, why should you care?
The NEA defines teacher leadership using 7 domains. This Character Resource Roundup focuses on three of those domains:
“Fostering a collaborative culture to support educator development and student learning”
“Promoting professional learning for continuous improvement”
“Advocating for student learning and the profession”
Fostering a Collaborative Culture
Often the topic of fostering a collaborative culture, especially when it comes to staff culture, is a discussion that is left for the principals and administrative teams. Teacher leaders can and should play an essential role in these efforts. Ask yourself what you are doing to foster a collaborative culture.
How do you welcome new staff?
How do you support your coworkers?
How do you collaborate amongst your grade level team and professional learning communities?
Read The Power of Teacher Networks, a book in which author, Ellen Meyers, “describes teacher networks as a force that breaks teachers out of isolation, improves their practice, advocates for students and schools, and keeps our best teachers teaching.”
Looking for something a little shorter? For a quick introduction read “Fostering Leadership Through Teacher Networks” by Sarah Burns. By strengthening your “Teacher Network” you will improve your teaching practice and hopefully make some new friends too!