Interest in and knowledge of leadership and learning, separately and together, is an international and continuing phenomenon. This book adds to a somewhat under-researched aspect of the field. It focuses both on a particular form of leadership – teacher leadership, and on a particular form of learning – professional development. It considers the connection between teacher leadership and professional development and the first chapter relates this connection to a ‘Leadership for Learning’ conceptual framework, developed through an international, three-year project.
The book’s chapters explore teacher leadership and professional development from a number of perspectives, giving rise to three points of particular significance. Firstly the chapters show that, either by accident or design, there is a growing cadre of teacher leaders emerging from a multitude of professional development activities and initiatives. Secondly, a number of new conceptual frameworks are put forward, alongside the adaption and development of extant ones that add to the ever-increasing theorisation of educational leadership and professional development literature. Thirdly, the chapters provide evidence of the connections between leadership and learning as conceptualised in the ‘Leadership for Learning’ framework.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Professional Development in Education.
1. Introduction – Teacher leadership and professional development: perspectives, connections and prospects Sue Swaffield and Alex Alexandrou 2. Teacher leadership and professional development: examining links between two concepts central to school improvement Philip E. Poekert 3. A fresh look at graduate programs in teacher leadership in the United States Jack Leonard, Katherine Petta and Christina Porter 4. From professional development to system change: teacher leadership and innovation David Frost 5. Spheres of teacher leadership action for learning Janet C. Fairman and Sarah V. Mackenzie 6. Leading by learning, learning by leading Vivienne Collinson 7. Professional development and job-embedded collaboration: how teachers learn to exercise leadership Jana Hunzicker 8. Hybrid teacher leaders and the new professional development ecology Jason Margolis 9. Pathways to teacher leadership among English-as-a-second-language teachers: professional development by and for emerging teacher leaders Laura Baecher 10. The impact of a professional community on the leadership development of induction-year teachers in the United States Donna L. Pasternak, Karen K. Rigoni and Nakeysha D. Roberts 11. Collective leadership: the role of teacher unions in encouraging teachers to take the lead in their own learning and in teacher policy John Bangs and John Macbeath 12. Teacher leadership as intellectual leadership: creating spaces for alternative voices in the English school system Howard Stevenson 13. Scottish teacher leaders: two accidental journeys enacting leadership for learning Alex Alexandrou and Sue Swaffield