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School-Level Leadership Dilemmas
School-level leadership dilemmas

The school-based teacher leaders in this chapter are full-time teachers who, in addition to their work in the classroom, strive to make a larger contribution. These teacher leaders’ dilemmas are not necessarily unique to individual schools; however, without official leadership positions, questions of authority and role definition create additional challenges. Obtaining support from principals to sustain reform efforts is essential, as schools often juggle multiple mandated district initiatives that compete for teachers’ limited time. Moreover, because these teachers are still in the classroom, few professional development opportunities are available to help them develop the facility they need to lead. As a result, these leaders often have to depend on their interpersonal skills and their ability to model exemplary practice to ...

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