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ERIC Number: ED494087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Teacher Leaders: The Backbone of Sustained Improvement. Newsletter
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
This newsletter defines teacher leadership and offers concrete ways teachers can step forward, sometimes out of their comfort zones, into leadership roles. In most schools, traditional structures are in place that define certain teachers as leaders such as department heads and grade-level team leaders. Many schools also have a leadership team, composed of the principal and teachers who often have been either appointed by the principal or volunteered their services. Although these formal structures are necessary to the efficient functioning of a school, too often they remain the only recognized avenues of leadership for teachers. The time has come to expand the definition of leadership beyond these traditional formats and to encourage all teachers to explore a variety of leadership roles. Teacher leaders not only create and implement reform, they are crucial to sustaining it. With a supportive environment, training, and encouragement, all teachers have the capacity to become effective leaders in their schools. [This document was produced by The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, administered by Learning Point Associates in partnership with the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) and WestEd, under contract with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education.]
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. 1100 17th Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20035. Tel: 877-277-2744; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A