1st Edition

The Power of Teacher Leaders
Their Roles, Influence, and Impact

Edited By

Nathan Bond

ISBN 9780415741651
Published August 18, 2014 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Co-published with Kappa Delta Pi, The Power of Teacher Leaders provides a comprehensive resource for understanding the ways that teacher leaders foster positive change in their schools. Distinct from school administrators, teacher leaders are professionals who remain in the classroom and use their specialized knowledge and skills to improve student achievement, influence others, and build organizational capacity.

Written by leading educational researchers, each chapter of The Power of Teacher Leaders describes a different way that teachers are leading. Moving beyond the question of why teacher leaders are important and how such work is implemented, the contributing scholars to this collection offer a critical examination of the field by presenting original research, case studies, and programs in practice. Topics covered include how teachers become leaders, their wide-ranging leadership roles, and the effects of teacher leadership on student academic success and school communities. A cohesive edited collection, this book demonstrates how teacher leaders play an increasingly active role in the improvement of student learning, teacher professional development, and school climate.

Table of Contents

Part I: Becoming a Teacher Leader. 1. Teachers at the Forefront: Learning to Lead. 2. Stepping Up: How Teachers’ Definitions of Teacher Leadership Change. 3. Teacher Leaders and the Art of Self-Mentoring. 4. Maximizing Teacher Leadership: The Principal as Facilitator. Part II: Roles of Teacher Leaders. 5. Teacher Leaders as Professional Developers. 6. Mentors as Teacher Leaders in School/University Induction Programs. 7. The Special Education Teacher as a Servant Leader. 8. Teacher Leaders in Curriculum Reform: Integrating the Expressive Arts. 9. Teacher Leaders as School Reformers. 10. First-Year Teachers: New and Ready to Lead! 11. Classroom Teachers as Team Players. 12. Teacher Leaders Internationally. 13. National Board Certified Teachers as Leaders. 14. Cooperating Teachers as Leaders in the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Programs. Part III: Influence and Impact of Teachers Who Lead. 15. Leading as a Moral Imperative: Learning from Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Teachers. 16. The Role of Inquiry in Teacher Leadership. 17. Measuring the Impact of Teacher Leaders. 18. The Impact of Mentors as Teacher Leaders in Induction Programs. 19. The Impact of Teacher Leaders on Students, Colleagues, and Communities: Insights from Administrators.


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Nathan Bond is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University, USA.


"This collection of nineteen scholarly writings in The Power of Teacher Leaders comes at a perfect time for our schools. The evolving educational landscape with a focus on skills and knowledge for the future truly does require teachers at the forefront as leaders. This book provides a critically comprehensive examination of teacher leadership that ensures socially just and future oriented schools for students today and in the coming decades. An imperative book for all teachers and school leaders." ― Dr. Rosemary Papa, Del and Jewell Lewis Endowed Chair of Learning Centered Leadership, College of Education, Northern Arizona University

"Bond and his contributing authors offer as comprehensive a treatment of teacher leadership as I have seen in the literature. The book is unique in that the collection moves beyond the nature of teacher leadership to an exploration of the influence of teacher leadership on their students, colleagues, and broader communities. The scholarship reflects broad, comprehensive and contemporary teacher leadership issues that the scholars contributing to this volume have been studying for some time." ― Michelle D. Young, UCEA Executive Director and Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

"An exciting publication and welcome addition to the literature on teacher leadership, this work represents a truly comprehensive overview of teacher leadership, from barriers, to roles, to impact. The chapters on Measuring Teacher Leadership and Impact of Teacher Leadership are particularly insightful and will help to answer the question, "Why teacher leadership?" A gem of a resource for those of us engaged in the work of amplifying the roles and voices of teacher leaders." ― Katherine Bassett, CEO, National Network of State Teachers of the Year