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ERIC Number: EJ955113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-175X
Taking the Reins: Preservice Teachers Practicing Leadership
Dunlap, Karen; Hansen-Thomas, Holly
Educational Horizons, v90 n1 p21-24 Oct-Nov 2011
What makes the difference between a good teacher and a great one? Knowing one's content is important, but having strong leadership skills can tip the scales from mediocrity to excellence. The best time to begin practicing being a teacher leader is during the preservice years. By practicing leadership skills, one can begin to view oneself not only as a teacher, but also as a leader with the capacity to guide and direct others. This article highlights a collaborative preservice teacher leadership experience between three teacher certification candidates who were enrolled in their final semester of student teaching and three of their professors (the authors and one of their colleagues). The preservice teacher participants were chosen based on perceptions of potential leadership attributes, with students representing three of the programs within Texas Woman's University (TWU) College of Education (general education, special education, and bilingual education/English as a Second Language). The preservice teachers collaborated with their three professors to create and lead a panel presentation for high school students interested in education careers during a breakout session at the Future Educators Association[R] (FEA) 2010 national conference in San Antonio, Texas. Creating this presentation gave the preservice teachers the chance to learn leadership skills that, in turn, gave them the confidence, tools, and encouragement to serve as teacher leaders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas