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Every day, moment by moment and decision by decision, thousands of teacher leaders nationwide are working to improve the quality of education. As they fill an ever-expanding array of roles—mentors, coaches, curriculum reformers, advocates, and staff developers—in their schools and districts, their leadership development journeys are most often a process of trial and error. Teacher leadership is defined in many ways (see Chapter 1). It does not come with a user's manual, and few teacher leaders receive specialized training and support for their new roles. Instead, they must learn how to guide changes in learning environments while negotiating a complex obstacle course of district politics, interpersonal conflicts, and reform initiatives. Although the journey of each teacher leader is different, all must find strategies to ...

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