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    Teacher Leadership: A Starring Role for Teachers Teacher Leadership: A Starring Role for Teachers Presentation Transcript

    • A Starring Role for Teachers:
        • Dr. Camille Rutherford
        • Faculty of Education
        • Brock University
      Using Organizational Structure to Foster Teacher Leadership
    • Traditional School Leadership
    • Distributed School Leadership
    • Distributed Perspective
      • The authority to lead is not exclusively located in formal positions, but is distributed throughout the organization (Muijs & Harris, 2003)
      • Leadership is “stretched over people and place.” (Spillane & Sherer, 2004)
      • Leadership = those activities that influence the knowledge, practice and motivation of others in the service of the organization’s core work (Spillane, 2006).
    • Edison Schools
      • For-profit corporation
        • District partnerships
        • Charter schools
        • Achievement management systems
        • After school & summer school programing
      • 76 Publicly funded, autonomous or semi-autonomous charter schools
    • Typical School Leadership Structure Principal Vice Principal Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers
    • Edison School Leadership Structure Leadership Team Senior Teacher Senior Teacher Senior Teacher Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Teachers Academy House House House Lead Teacher Academy House House House Lead Teacher Academy House House House Lead Teacher
    • Thomas Edison Elementary School
      • Minutes from the U.S./Mexico border
      • High student mobility
      • +1,000 students
      • 80% poor
      • +48% ESL
      • Ranked last in district
    • Broadening the Spotlight: Creating New Leadership Roles
      • Academy Director
    • Broadening the Spotlight: Creating New Leadership Roles
      • Academy Director
      • Lead Teachers
    • Broadening the Spotlight: Creating New Leadership Roles
      • Academy Director
      • Lead Teachers
      • Senior Teachers
    • Directing the Production: Shared Decision-Making
      • Inclusive decision-making process
      • Leadership team
      • Committee system
      • “ T he most important aspect of our school is the leadership team and how the power is distributed throughout. Not just one person but a whole group .”
    • Honing the Craft Professional Development
      • Daily and weekly PD sessions.
      • PD sessions designed and delivered by i nternal experts.
      • Fostered the creation of a community of practice where teachers could learn and grow together.
      • Improved student achievement.
      • “Armpit” school became a popular, overflowing school with a waiting list.
      Teacher leadership can foster school success Conclusions
    • Conclusions
      • Fostered leadership by giving “a lot of different people the opportunity to be in a leading position.”
      • Created leadership redundancies
      • Three key structural elements are needed to facilitate teacher leadership
      Teacher leadership can foster school success
    • Facilitating Teacher Leadership
      • Decision-Making
    • Facilitating Teacher Leadership
      • Decision-Making
      • Collaboration “Work together as teams to try and make sure that we are meeting those needs for the kids.”
    • Facilitating Teacher Leadership
      • Decision-Making
      • Collaboration “Work together as teams to try and make sure that we are meeting those needs for the kids. ”
      • Professional Development
    • Conclusions Organizational structures that facilitate teacher leadership also have the potential to change the nature & scope of teacher leadership Nature Scope
    • The Nature of Teacher Leadership Pedagogy Curriculum Mentoring Data Analysis Budgets Administration
    • The Scope of Teacher Leadership
    • The Scope of Teacher Leadership
    • Classroom Centred Leadership
    • Starring Role in School Leadership