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ERIC Number: EJ945686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Nurturing Early Childhood Teachers as Leaders: Long-Term Professional Development
Crawford, Patricia A.; Roberts, Sherron Killingsworth; Hickmann, Rosemary
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v38 n3 p31-38 Fall 2010
"Teacher leadership" is often described as a murky concept that refers not to a particular position, but rather to varied formal and informal leadership roles that teachers play within school communities. Teacher leadership may involve shaping curricula, choosing instructional materials, leading professional book clubs, planning staff development, serving as instructional coaches, or involvement in a host of other activities. This article examines the nature of teacher leadership as nurtured through long-term professional development; provides an overview of the Master Teacher Program, a 3-year program aimed at nurturing teacher leaders; and offers concluding evidence of the ways in which professional development has the potential to support teacher leadership among early childhood educators.
Southern Early Childhood Association. P.O. Box 55930, Little Rock, AR 72215. Tel: 800-305-7322; Fax: 501-227-5297; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida