ERIC Number: ED419778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Teachers Leading the Way. Voices From the National Teacher Forum.
Paulu, Nancy, Ed.; Winters, Kirk, Ed.
This booklet for teachers reports what participants in the U.S. Department of Education's 1996 National Teacher Forum had to say about teacher leadership. Forum participants were 120 exemplary public and private school teachers nationwide. The report also includes thoughts of teachers who used e-mail to share their ideas on teacher leadership. After discussing why teacher leadership is important, the booklet examines forms of teacher leadership that forum participants identified: participating in professional teacher organizations; taking part in school decisions; defining what students need to know and be able to do; sharing ideas with colleagues; mentoring new teachers; helping make personnel decisions; improving facilities and technology; working with parents; creating various partnerships; becoming politically involved; and becoming leaders. They noted ways to support teacher leadership including: encouraging teachers to lead and stay informed; creating leadership roles for teachers; providing opportunities for teachers to continue learning; easing time commitments; and offering more connection opportunities. Participants suggested that teachers can get started moving into their leadership positions by identifying the need and by not waiting for someone else to make the change. The booklet provides a list of forum participants' names and addresses. (SM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.