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ERIC Number: EJ1212846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Cultivating Teacher Leaders: A Union-Led Effort Connects Classroom Practice to Education Policy
Vitucci, Robin; Brown, Marjorie
American Educator, v43 n1 p4-11 Spr 2019
Teacher leadership is vital to student success, with research finding positive connections between student achievement and teacher leadership and collaboration. While teacher leadership is certainly not a new idea, it is increasingly important in the nation's current climate to ensure students are taught in environments that are focused on their needs rather than on the ideas of far-removed politicians and policymakers, or those who have little experience in public education. Since 2011, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Teacher Leaders Program (TLP) has helped prepare educators (typically teachers) to facilitate discussions of policy issues that impact the profession both locally and nationally. The program has brought together and coached cohorts of teachers to take active leadership roles in their individual schools, school districts, and local communities. As teacher leaders, these educators have served as catalysts to build the profession and strengthen not just the union but also its connection to the community, in order to generate support for and better understanding of public schools. This article describes how the Teacher Leaders Program works and discusses the role and importance of peer-to-peer leaders, school-level leaders, and system leaders, respectively.
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. 555 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: 202-879-4420; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A