“Teacher Leadership” is a phrase that’s used a lot, and to not always mean the same thing. It’s particularly important, I think, to talk about it now since Education Secretary Arne Duncan is kicking-off an initiative using the term (you’ll find commentaries on that effort later in this post).
I thought it might be useful to share a few of what I think are the best ones (or, at least, the ones that I think best convey what I think teacher leadership should mean).
To start off, here are two essential “Best” lists:
Here are my other choices for The Best Posts & Articles On “Teacher Leadership”:
Will Arne Duncan leave a legacy of teacher leadership? is by Barnett Berry.
Does Duncan Believe in ‘Teach to Lead?’ is by Justin Minkel at Education Week.
Rick & Maddie on Sec. Duncan’s Earnest Call for Teacher ‘Leadership’ is from Rick Hess at Education Week. I think Rick Hess is right-on about Arne Duncan’s recent call for “teacher leadership.”
Developing Teacher Leadership for the Long Haul is an article I wrote for Education Week Teacher.
Here’s a video presentation I gave as a Keynote at the K-12 Online Conference on the topic, “Developing Leadership in Classrooms, Schools and Communities”:
Leveraging Teacher Leadership is the theme of a recent ASCD Educational Leadership issue.
A Brilliant Management Insight Helps Chipotle Retain Its Best Employees is an interesting article from Business Insider that I think has applications for the development of teacher leadership.
The New York City teachers union reached what appears to be a landmark contract that also includes a career ladder. Especially because of that last feature, I’m going to include these three pieces about the contract in this list:
Pact With New Mayor Would Give N.Y.C. Teachers Raises, Career Ladder is from Ed Week.
A Triumphant Return to Professionalism in New York City is by Diane Ravtich.
Teachers Question Pay-for-Performance Element in Proposed Contract is from The New York Times.
I’ve published a compilation of all my Ed Week posts on teacher and administrator leadership.
Career Advancement in the Classroom is by Walt Gardner at Ed Week.
I hope readers will contribute more resources!