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.
Chapter 3: 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 ...