HELPING TEACHERS DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE CLASSROOM AND SCHOOLFor classroom teachers, specialists, teacher assistants, office staff, and administration. Presented by: Hilary A. Green
Today’s Objectives: Understand the importance of leadership within the school environment Examine the attributes of an effective mentor Gain knowledge of potential challenges with a teacher leadership program Determine responsibilities of teacher leaders Reflect on today’s professional development to determine changes/additions to personal teaching and leadership practices
Rationale for implementing the TeacherLeadership Program in our school“Teacher leadership is a necessary component inimproving the quality of learning in schools” -Ackerman, R., & Mackenzie, S. (2006)One of the most common difficulties for teachers ismoving out of their comfort zones when theyadvocate for what they believe. Yet, authorsBerry, Johnson, and Montgomery, from the articletitled The Many Faces of Leadership, support theidea there is a link between the “teaching qualityand student achievement.”
The effect of teacher leadership Increase inIncrease in Increase in student Teacher Teaching academicLeadership Quality achievement
Why do we need teacherleaders? Principals can’t do it all! Itis the job of teachers to fill both formal and informal roles as a teacher leader. Danielson, C. (2007).
Where can Teacher Leadership takeplace? Classroom teacher Classroom Grade and level mentor for chair students School School Literacy or District Match Leader (or Community)
Attributes of an effective mentor Some Qualities of an effective leader are: taking ownership of one’s career being active in the school and/or district having confidence identifying a change that is needed for school improvement (Kurtz, S. 14) having a positive attitude being able to pass along important information to others in ways that are easier to remember (Godt 56)
Road blocks along the way Uneven “There needs to be a distribution ofdistributio leadership to effectively promote n of school improvement (Phelps 120).”leadershi One person cannot possibly handle p the workload of an entire school. Responsibilities should be shared amongst the staff.
Example: A Curriculum and Instruction Correlate Team at an elementary school created two goals that need to be accomplished by the end of the first quarter. 1. Create surveys for the staff 2. Update Science kits to make them more useful for classroom teachers What to do? -Split correlate into 2 teams -Each team tackles one goal
Road blocks along the way Other challenges may include: Creating unrealistic expectations for the teacher leader Feelings of superiority and dominance over others while being a teacher leader Dishonesty among staff- slowly causing an effective teacher leadership program to fail. The social atmosphere needs to be welcoming of others.
Responsibilities of Teacher LeadersThere are several responsibilities of an effectiveTeacher Leader. Here are just a few…-Makes decisions that benefit all students and staff-Mentors both formally and informally-Seeks effective ways to attain a goal or solve aproblem (Kurtz 12)-Provides support and encouragement for others-Good listener and communicator
Assessing an effective TeacherLeadership program-Success of the school improvement in bothstudent achievement and staff development-Should benefit the students, staff, and localcommunity (Harris 202)-Mentees should be able to take thesuccess of their teacher leader role modelsand apply it to their own career.
Final Thoughts… “SCHOOLS WILL IMPROVE AND TEACHER’S WILL REALIZE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL” Danielson, C. (2007).
Questions &Feedback Option 2: Online SurveyOption 1: Plus/Delta (NOW) (LATER) Please attach a You may also sticky note for both choose to complete plus (positive) and an online survey of delta (needs this workshop on improvement) for this Teacher Blackboard.com Leadership under our school’s Workshop on the site at your poster board paper. convenience.
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