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Collaborative Teacher Leadership
How Teachers Can Foster Equitable Schools

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School Culture | Staff Leadership

March 2006 | 216 pages | Corwin
Teacher leadership is not easy but it is an essential component of today's accountability driven schools. Teacher leaders can be formal or informal leaders, but their goal remains the same--maximizing student learning and improving the school culture. And who better to teach us about the obstacles, challenges, and victories of teacher leadership than teachers themselves?

Krovetz and Arriaza place teachers' voices and stories at the center of this book, using these moving narratives to illustrate the key concepts of teacher leadership. The book is organized around the habits of mind of inquiry, equity, and advocacy as a means of developing effective teacher leaders. Further, the authors include information on how teacher leaders can document and sustain their growth as teacher leaders.

Based on the authors' work with hundreds of teacher leaders, this essential guide is ideal for school leaders and leadership teams.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Reframing School Culture
What I Am Becoming

 
What Does This Look Like? Changing the Nature of Work

 
Why Do It? It Is About Quality of Life and Learning!

 
Fostering Resiliency: A Lens for Reframing Culture

 
Applying the Concepts in Your Workplace

 
Essential Questions

 
Resources

 
Endnotes

 
 
2. Learning to Lead
Why the Need to Distribute Leadership?

 
The Skills, Attitudes, and Behaviors of Skillful Teacher Leaders

 
New Roles, New Relationships

 
Applying the Concepts in Your Workplace

 
Essential Questions

 
Resources

 
Survey

 
How Did We Do? --A Teacher Survey

 
Endnotes

 
 
3. Influencing Student Learning
Closing the Achievement Gap and Habits of Mind

 
Valuing the Staff

 
Focusing Resources

 
Applying the Concepts in Your Workplace

 
Essential Questions

 
Resources

 
Endnotes

 
 
4. The Role of Inquiry
Definition of Collaborative Action Research

 
Collaborative Action Research, When Well Conducted, Brings Out the Best in Its Members

 
Action Research Has an Invaluable Application to the Classroom

 
The Potential Power of Collaborative Action Research as a Methodology to Enact Schoolwide Sustained Change

 
Applying the Concepts in Your Workplace

 
Essential Questions

 
Resources

 
 
5. Building Equity in Diverse Classrooms
Distributing Teachers' Work

 
Personalizing Teaching and Learning

 
Students' Academic Performance at the Center of Staff Conversations

 
Having the Equity Conversation

 
What Equity-Focused Schools Look Like

 
Applying the Concepts in Your Workplace

 
Essential Questions

 
Resources

 
Endnote

 
 
6. Advocating for Students and Teachers
Advocacy: Adding Voice to a Cry

 
Advocacy for Students

 
The Whole Child

 
Supporting Parents as Advocates for Student Learning

 
Advocacy for Beginning Teachers

 
Advocacy for Teachers

 
Political Advocacy

 
Applying the Concepts in Your Workplace

 
Essential Questions

 
Resources

 
Endnote

 
 
7. Courageous Followers and Leaders
Spreading One's Wings: Lessons Learned While Becoming Leaders of Change and Transition

 
Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

 
The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders

 
Applying the Concepts in Your Workplace

 
Essential Questions

 
Resources

 
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix A: List of Contributors
 
References
 
Index

"The beauty of this book is the authenticity of the voices. The fact that struggles and conflicts are included make the teachers' stories believable, fresh, and inspiring."

Pamela S. Hankins, Staff Development Specialist
Springfield Public Schools, MO

"Reading about the field experiences of other teacher leaders will inspire and guide the reader toward making a positive impact on student achievement. This is a must-have book for any current or future teacher leader."

Mike Greenwood, District Teacher Leader
Windsor Public Schools, CT

"Krovetz and Arriaza go directly to the source in this insightful look at the challenges, successes and professional/personal transformations when teachers engage in collaborative leadership roles in the schools. Through interviews and reflections, the reader gains an in-depth view of how teacher leadership can make a difference in the quality of schooling for students, faculty and school communities. A great read!"

Robert Topf, Principal
Parkview Elementary School, San Jose, CA

"This engaging analysis targets leadership in schools where equity and achievement can thrive . . . Here is advice and assurance from the heart of the work - and evidence-based resource for anyone interested in strengthening, or preparing, school leaders."

Grace Hoagland, Senior Lecturer
Department of Educational Leadership, California State University East Bay

"This is an insightful analysis on how to cultivate and empower teachers to become genuine leaders in their schools and classrooms, and an invaluable guide for any school district trying to implement genuine, sustainable reform."

Pedro Noguera, Professor
Steinhardt School of Education, New York University

"The organization of the text is clear and practical. A major strength of this text lies in the fact that its ideas and perspectives are grounded in the research and practice of those who have experimented with and successfully experienced the context of collaborative teacher leadership. The teacher voices are authentic, their insights are provocative, and their focus on student learning is unwavering."

Jane Nicolet
Teachers College Record

"This volume is very user-friendly and is designed for immediate use as an action guide to initiate educational change in schools. Filled with resources, strategies for applying the concepts in the workplace, and both reflective and essential questions that teacher leaders will find valuable."

PsycCRITIQUES, August 2007, Vol. 52(33)

"The text's ideas and perspectives are grounded in the research and practice of those who have experimented with and successfully experienced the context of collaborative teacher leadership. The teacher voices are authentic, their insights are provocative, and their focus on student learning is unwavering."

Teachers College Record, June 2006

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ISBN: 9781412905022