School systems—and the challenges they face—are often complex and diverse; effectively addressing these challenges may require a leadership approach that moves beyond traditional teacher and administrator roles. Teacher leadership is one strategy many states and districts are pursuing to facilitate meaningful change and support better outcomes for their students.
To support these efforts, the Teacher Leadership Toolkit 2.0 from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders includes a synthesis of research on teacher leadership, current examples, and useful tools for designing, implementing, and supporting teacher leadership initiatives. Toolkit 2.0 builds on previous work by Leading Educators. It is organized around a State and District Action Framework for Teacher Leadership with three parts:
- Part 1: Establishing the rationale and goals for the teacher leadership system.
- Part 2: Selecting and implementing strategies to establish and sustain teacher leadership.
- Part 3: Refining implementation through progress monitoring.
The toolkit also includes 10 supporting resources exploring key aspects of teacher leadership initiatives at the national, state, and local levels. States and districts can use the toolkit to drive planning and decision-making and to build knowledge with stakeholders and colleagues.
- Resource 1: State Teacher Leadership Approaches: Example Theories of Action
- Resource 2: Teacher Leadership Role Profiles
- Resource 3: Teacher Leadership Strategies
- Resource 4: Teacher Leadership Models: Examples and Opportunities for Innovation
- Resource 5: Approaches to Teacher Leader Licensure and Endorsement
- Resource 6: Approaches to Professional Learning for Teacher Leaders
- Resource 7: Approaches to Promoting Equity Through Teacher Leadership
- Resource 8: Summary of the Research Literature on Teacher Leadership
- Resource 9: Ensuring Sustainability: Collecting Data on Teacher Leadership Implementation
- Resource 10: Crosswalk of Teacher, Teacher Leader, and School Leader Standards