This fall, a brief was released that identifies teacher leadership as an imperative to educational innovation. Now more than ever, policymakers and higher education institutions are looking to build upon years of "behind the scenes" teacher practices to create formalized teacher-leader roles throughout the profession.
The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality released this brief as "a call to action." Teacher leadership is linked to the retention of highly qualified professionals and, ultimately, successful schools. When viewed as an aspect of overall staffing models, discussions concerning teacher leadership can provide the springboard to meaningful systems change.
This brief reviews the national conversation regarding teacher leadership, from state policy to teacher preparation programs. Some recent examples toward formalized teacher-leader roles include:
The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, or TQ Center, is a collaborative effort among ETS, Learning Point Associates, and Vanderbilt University funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Their mission is to improve teacher quality, particularly inhigh-poverty, low-performing, and hard-to-staff schools, by assisting policymakers, regional comprehensive centers, and other stakeholders.
Download the brief, in its entirety here.