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ERIC Number: EJ802011
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0196-786X
Growing Teacher Leaders in a Culture of Excellence
Searby, Linda; Shaddix, Lisa
Professional Educator, v32 n1 p1-9 Spr 2008
Viewing teachers as leaders requires a paradigm shift about the concept of leadership in a school system. The Teachers as Leaders program of the Mountain Brook, Alabama Schools represents that shift and is empowering teachers to utilize their leadership skills and contribute to the system as it fulfills its mission to offer education to its students that is effective, challenging, and engaging. The Mountain Brook Schools established the Teachers as Leaders program in order to develop a culture of continuity in leadership as many administrator retirements were predicted for the near future. The program, however, was not designed as a "Teachers as Future Administrators" program. Rather, it was an intentional plan to prepare teachers for continued leadership, whether that is demonstrated in their classrooms or in administrative roles. The school system partnered with private consultants, a restaurant business, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham to deliver the Teachers as Leaders program. This article, a report from the field, allows the reader a glimpse of the culture of excellence in the Mountain Brook Schools through the description of the Teachers as Leaders program and reflections of several participants.
Truman Pierce Institute. 2195 Haley Center, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5218. Tel: 334-844-4488; Fax: 334-844-5785; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama