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.

State- and National-Level Leadership

State- and national-level leadership

The teacher leaders spotlighted in this section are breaking new ground by taking on leadership roles that span an entire state, regional, or national context. Many of these teacher leaders’ roles are one of a kind; there are often no training programs to prepare them for the responsibilities and skills their roles demand. Further, as pioneers, it is not easy to find mentors who have the wisdom of experience to guide them.

Although these teacher leaders are not immune to some of the same dilemmas found in the cases in previous chapters, they also face some unique challenges. Politics seem to be more prominent and problematic. Policymakers operate in a different culture, often quite distinct from the work world ...

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