The «New» Foundations of Teacher Education – A Reader – Revised edition
Edited By Eleanor Blair
24. Growing Teacher Leaders in a Culture of Excellence
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Growing Teacher Leaders in a Culture of Excellence
Linda Searby and Lisa Shaddix
How do you create a district pool of future principals who understand and honor the culture of a school community? How do you also increase the leadership capacity of teachers so that they can effectively lead from the classroom? The central administration and elected board of the Mountain Brook, Alabama school system sought to answer this question as a continuity plan for leadership that was being developed. The answer was to continue to shift the paradigm about the concept of leadership in the school system and intentionally promote a culture that would empower teachers to lead at all levels. The Teachers as Leaders program of the Mountain Brook, Alabama Schools represents that shift and is training teachers to utilize their leadership skills and contribute to the system as it fulfills its mission to offer education to its students that is effective, challenging, and engaging. This article describes their exemplary program.
Growing teacher leaders needs to be an intentional act in our nation’s school systems. The principal’s job in schools is becoming more complex, and it has been established that school leadership can no longer reside in one person (Ballek, O’Rourke, Provenzano, & Bellamy, 2005). Further evidence for the urgency to grow teacher leaders is the fact that public school principals are leaving the profession in increasingly high numbers. According...
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