Issues for Exploration
Big Question: How must schools change to accommodate the new teacher leader?
1) How can we develop and expand the roles of teachers in their schools, districts, and the profession to support K-12 student learning?
~ promote collaboration, support and teamwork
~ collective responsibility for student success
~ opportunities for teachers to remain connected to the classroom and students while assuming roles and responsibilities in leadership opportunities (in or outside the classroom)
~ "hybrid" roles for teachers
~ shared leadership within the school (school policies, curriculum, professional development)
~ common planning time for teachers and/or released time to collaborate with peers
~ professional development embedded into the normal job
~ recognition for teacher leadership
2) How can we optimize the culture/learning environment and organizational structures of schools to support teacher leadership?
~ teachers work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues
~ value in collaboration and support from peers when in leadership roles
~ shared leadership, mutual accountability and differentiated roles
~ principals "more engaged as leaders of teacher leaders"
3) How can we best prepare and support teachers in assuming leadership roles?
~ develop skills during course work and student teaching (focus within higher ed)
~ instruct teachers on adult learning theories
~ give access to research (new technologies, effective teaching practices)
~ teacher engagement in informal leadership roles (supportive people) * (Video later)
~ teach action research and facilitation skills
~ develop teacher leadership networks
~ redesign of principal preparation programs and provide them professional development on how to be supportive
4) How can we promote, recognize, and reward teacher leadership?
~ retain talented teachers
~ staffing models within the states and locally
~ structures for licensing and credentials
~ engage all stakeholders in the criteria for selecting teacher leaders (formally)
~ systems of rewards
~ compensation systems
~ evaluation system
5) How can we best implement and sustain teacher leadership over time?
~ training for group leadership
~ time availability
~ teacher compensation
~ teacher rewards and recognition
~ assessment of effectiveness
~ replication of effectiveness
~ advocate for grants
~ train all stakeholders
~ incorporation of teacher leadership (National Boards, certification, teacher evaluation, etc.)
~ reliable assessments as measurement of skills
~ standards-based assessment and evaluation at all levels
~ develop "best practices" for use
~ develop teacher networks (local, state, national)
~ adaptation of teacher leadership in response to new challenges, trends and research