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Teacher Leadership

The «New» Foundations of Teacher Education – A Reader – Revised edition


Edited By Eleanor Blair

Teacher leadership as a dimension of teachers’ work has never been more important. This topic has emerged as a major component of both state and national standards, and as such, it is included in most contemporary teacher education programs. Three decades of research have focused on teacher leadership as an essential element of school improvement, but its relationship to the potential transformation of the teaching profession remains unexplored. This revised edition of Teacher Leadership: The «New» Foundations of Teacher Education provides an overview of the scholarship being done in the field and a framework for questions and discussions regarding the sustainability of teacher leadership efforts. In this edition, each of the five sections is accompanied by an introduction and reflection questions on the various issues related to teachers acting as leaders in classrooms, schools and communities. The book opens with a completely new section that presents scholarship related to teacher leadership and social justice, where the role of ideology in the work of teacher leaders is considered. This book includes the work of over thirty authors and is an essential tool for guiding dialogue regarding the various facets of teacher leadership and its impact on school culture, student learning and professional learning communities within the context of twenty-first century school reform. Teacher Leadership: The «New» Foundations of Teacher Education – A Reader is intended for undergraduate and graduate education students.
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Questions for Reflection and Application


After reading the essays in Section One, answer the following questions:

1. How we define the problems/issues in our schools often determines the kinds of solutions that we consider to be viable. Do a brief situation analysis of the context where you work or intend to work; for example, demographics, geography, economics, politics, etc. Identify the major stakeholders and their perspectives regarding major problems/issues. What types of issues would a social justice leader identify and seek to solve within this context?

2. Consider the obstacles to becoming a social justice leader in your school. Within each of the following four dimensions of your work, consider the associated obstacles: self-interests, school, district, and/or profession. Within each category (as appropriate), list the relevant factors that get in the way of teacher leadership operating within a social justice framework.

3. As you consider your personal plan for teacher leadership, what additional skills, knowledge, or attitudes will you need in order to achieve your desired image of teacher leader? How will you develop these skills, knowledge, and attitudes?

Answer these questions using both the ideas from the essays that we are considering as well as your personal experiences with the schools you have encountered during your life: as a student, parent, and/or teacher. References to specific ideas found in the Section One essays are expected.

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