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Teacher Leaders and Teacher Teams

Grades: 13+
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  • Overview

    Leadership preparation begins with early and meaningful opportunities for teachers to lead. The traditional span of control in schools with one principal supervising scores of teachers is outdated and no longer functional. Distributed leadership relieves the principal from nonessential tasks and provides teachers with meaningful ways to contribute outside the classroom. Inquiry teams in which teachers examine data and student work is an excellent example of important work that can give teachers a sense of ownership and build necessary skills. Teachers need encouragement and support to engage in these activities.

  • Identifying Talented Teachers

    Shael Polakow-Suransky talks about ways to find talented teachers who may take on the challenge to become school leaders.

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  • Not Everyone is a Leader and That's Okay!

    Bob Bender describes how he identifies and cultivates the teacher leaders in his building.

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  • Teacher Teams and the Distributed Leadership Model

    Bob Bender and Claudia Aguirre discuss the importance of having strong teacher teams who can initiate and carry out projects and bring them to completion.

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  • Welcoming Teacher Leadership

    Tom Boasberg turns his focus to tapping and developing teacher leadership.

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  • Teacher Inquiry Teams

    Shael Polakow-Suransky describes the influence of teacher inquiry teams in schools and why they work effectively.

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  • Cultivating a Continuous Pool of Talent

    NYC's goal is to have a pool of strong and talented leaders to fill 150-200 principal positions each year.

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