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Typology of Teacher Leadership Programs | A Scan of U.S. Programs & Initiatives that Support Teachers to Take New and Varied Roles

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Typology of Teacher Leadership Programs | A Scan of U.S. Programs & Initiatives that Support Teachers to Take New and Varied Roles

2019

Education leaders are perennially seeking new ways to build the capacity of teachers to enhance learning experiences for all students. Teacher leadership, which we define as teachers’ support of the improvement of teaching and learning beyond their own classroom, has long been a source of interest and experimentation (Wenner & Campbell, 2017; York-Barr & Duke, 2004). Teacher leadership recognizes teachers’ instructional expertise as an asset for educational improvement, capitalizes upon teachers’ relationships with their colleagues to support change, and may provide career advancement opportunities to improve job satisfaction and the professionalization of teaching. For these and other reasons, states, districts, funders and teachers themselves have become increasingly interested in the promise of teacher leadership.

In this study, we map the landscape of teacher leadership programs across the U.S. and identify commonalities and distinctions amongst the range of programs. Using a variety of search approaches to capture publicly-available information, we document 285 state, local, university, and foundation-sponsored programs that use a variety of techniques to support teachers as leaders. We then categorize the forms of support, attending to program models, objectives, sponsorship, and audience.

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Research Report

Jill Harrison Berg; Peter Horn; Jonathan A. Supovitz; and Jason Margolis (2019). Typology of Teacher Leadership Programs | A Scan of U.S. Programs & Initiatives that Support Teachers to Take New and Varied Roles . CPRE Research Reports.

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