Call to Teacher Leadership by Sally J. Zepeda;R. Stewart Mayers;Brad N. Benson

By Sally J. Zepeda;R. Stewart Mayers;Brad N. Benson

The decision to instructor management demonstrates the various methods academics could be leaders with no need to choose out of the study room full-time. It examines formal management positions – educational coordinators, lead lecturers, division chairs, and so forth. – in addition to casual management roles – nurturing colleagues, aiding the educational software, partaking in determination making, and so on. With useful examples and case experiences, this booklet offers information about how lecturers have participated within the management in their colleges and districts. Examples come from straightforward, center, and excessive faculties around the state.

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When teachers are “included” through the sharing of information, especially in decision-making processes, they become empowered professionals. , interviewing teaching candidates). Connection Power Few people discount the importance of networking. Unfortunately, few institutions are less amenable to connecting people than schools. Just as the walls of classrooms divide one classroom from the next, the structure of schools and the work teachers do divide one teacher from the next. Moreover, the demands on teachers tend to isolate them from nearly every major group of stakeholders— parents, community leaders, and even the administrators in their own buildings.

73). The seventh source of power, connection power, identified by Hersey (1984), is worth examining in light of the work that teacher leaders do. 7. Connection power is “based on the followers’ perceiving the leader to be connected to an influential or important person inside or outside of the organization” (p. 79). The following discussion offers a look at each type of power and its impact on the role and the work of teacher leaders. Power can be positive or negative and much of the value placed on power resides in the specific context in which power is used.

The future teacher leader makes a “needs assessment for teacher leadership” in his/her school and district. Once you have identified these needs, do the research and the legwork, and develop a plan to address the needs using your skills and abilities as part of the solution. Presenting a plan to administrators with a workable solution will also serve you in your future leadership endeavors. Teacher leaders have skills that are indicative of leadership. Teacher leaders have the ability to be instructional leaders, and they can: ♦ Provide demonstration lessons and share their skills with others.

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