Empower teacher leaders through the power of case study

Many teachers desire—but have a hard time obtaining—the training and support they need to lead others and expand their circle of influence. Like having a conversation with a successful teacher leader, this practical guide will help teachers strengthen their leadership skills, optimize student learning, and enhance the profession. Research confirms that the best way to become an effective teacher leader is through case study, and this book provides:

16 compelling case studies that cover a broad range of leadership experiences; Explicit guidance on using case writing and case analysis to enrich teachers' professional learning; A facilitator's guide with discussion questions for each case study

The people and events in these cases are real, and these relatable stories cover a variety of leadership dilemmas from diverse settings. Written in compelling and straightforward language, Teacher Leader Stories is most beneficial to staff development professionals and aspiring teacher leaders seeking the rich, substantive professional learning experience they need to become successful.



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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