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Teacher Leaders

Teacher Leaders

By Sara Vitaska Shelton Vol . 17, No. 26 / June-July 2009

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School leaders are important to student learning.

Today’s complex school environment requires effective leadership among all educators—teachers, principals and superintendents—to turn around struggling schools and improve student achieve-ment.  Among the most important school-related factors that improve student learning, school leadership was second only to classroom instruction, according to a report commissioned by the Wallace Foundation.

A growing number of effective teachers—the single most significant factor affecting student achievement—are assuming leadership responsibilities outside the classroom.  Teacher leaders serve as mentors, facilitate professional development and lead school improvement efforts.  States, school districts and schools are recognizing the effect teacher leaders have on teaching and learning and in building instructional and organizational capacity in schools and classrooms.

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