1st Edition

Teacher Leadership and Professional Development

Edited By Alex Alexandrou, Sue Swaffield Copyright 2014
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    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


    Alex Alexandrou is a freelance academic, based in the UK. He has worked in both the public and private sectors gaining considerable experience in developing and evaluating professional development programmes notably for teachers, military, police and mine action personnel. Alex is currently leading the development and delivery of leadership programmes for teachers as well as being part of an international academic research project investigating teacher leadership in alternative contexts. He is an Associate Editor of the academic journal Professional Development in Education, a Fellow of the International Professional Development Association and a Visiting Professor at the Toulouse Business School, France.

    Sue Swaffield is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, UK. She is a member of the Leadership for Learning academic group and a founder member of Leadership for Learning: the Cambridge Network. Sue researches and teaches in the fields of educational leadership, school improvement and assessment, and co-ordinates MEd and MPhil programmes in Educational Leadership and School Improvement. Through the Faculty's Centre for Commonwealth Education she is engaged with a collaborative development and research programme building headteachers' leadership capacity in Ghana. Sue is an Associate Editor of the international journal Professional Development in Education, Executive Editor of Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice and is on the Editorial Board of Reflective Teaching. Her work in Higher Education builds on previous experiences as a school teacher and adviser.