Insights on Leveraging Teacher Leadership
October 2013 issue of Educational Leadership looks at how teachers are leading today and considers how schools can best leverage the leadership skills of teachers.
In her "Perspectives" column, Editor-in-Chief Marge Scherer examines today's challenges to teacher leadership and asks how do we tap this talent and know-how to transform "the school writ large," to quote Roland S. Barth. Barth is an author of one of this issue's articles, and Scherer ends her column with another quote from him: "The bottom line remains: All teachers can lead. Many teachers want to lead. Schools badly need their ideas, invention, energy—and their leadership."
Articles in the issue include
"The Time Is Ripe (Again)" by Roland S. Barth
Is this a promising time for teacher leadership? David C. Berliner, Frederick M. Hess, Susan Moore Johnson, Barnett Berry, and Charlotte Danielson also weigh in.
"The Problem-Solving Power of Teachers" by Ariel Sacks
Too many education issues have yet to truly benefit from teachers' ideas.
"Two Ways to Lead" by Anthony Cody
Collaborative inquiry and activist leadership present two unique opportunities.
"Research Says / Teacher Leadership: No Guarantee of Success" by Bryan Goodwin
Connecting the dots on leadership's effects on achievement, culture change, and improved instruction.
"Bringing Great Teachers into High-Needs Schools" by Thomas R. Feller Jr.
How a North Carolina district recruited teachers to spur change.