Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Audrey M. Dentith & Floyd D. Beachum & Elise M. Frattura
Definitions of teacher leadership abound, but most hold in common an expanded view of teachers' contribution to schooling through leadership activities and efforts beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Teacher leadership is generally considered to be the ability and energy to make a contribution to the school beyond one's classroom duties. Teacher leaders are those who work with colleagues to influence schoolwide educational and instructional practices. Underlying this practice is a philosophical perspective that by working in an extended capacity, it is possible to shape a better world. Teacher leaders, then, are those who strongly value their contribution as teachers and take particular responsibility for decision making and activities outside their classrooms. They might help implement particular reforms within school sites or work in tandem with building principals to tackle obstacles, build rapport with the community, and support the improvement of the overall educational culture of schools. They might experiment ...