Published February 1, 2016
Teacher leadership plays a critical role in schools that dramatically improve student performance. However, despite many well-intentioned efforts, teacher leadership initiatives rarely become a lasting part of the way schools and districts organize. The cause? Efforts are often implemented in a piecemeal fashion and/or trade-offs are not put in place to secure adequate resources to sustain them.
To support districts in establishing teacher leadership programs that stick, ERS created the Teacher Leadership and Career Pathways Checklist, comprised of what we call the “must-dos” and “common missteps” for the six steps of program creation. The checklist builds on research and district experiences implementing teacher leadership, and it contributes new steps for how to successfully scale and sustain these efforts.
Why are teacher leadership roles so important?
Strategic teacher leadership roles: