Advocates know that leadership from the classroom is a powerful tool for change. However, districts, and especially states, often struggle to formalize large-scale teacher leadership opportunities as well as authentic two-way teacher engagement.
This is where Chiefs for Change is digging in. In their policy brief, “The Case for Teacher Leadership,” Chiefs for Change zooms in on three distinct state approaches to teacher leadership and engagement in New Mexico, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
The brief also outlines three objectives for state chiefs to consider as they work to formalize teacher leadership opportunities in their states:
- Empowering and leveraging high-performing teachers to create and sustain effective education policies
- Building a culture of innovation and shared responsibility toward constant improvement
- Using teacher leaders to address and solve critical issues or challenges at the school and district level
Chiefs for Change goes on to offer a model for fostering teacher engagement, noting that the most collaborative and transformative leadership approaches follow proven, research-based change management processes. Are these being used in your state? You can read the five stages they lay out in the continuum on page 10 in the full brief.
For additional examples of teacher leadership at the state level, or if you’re interested in connecting with the leaders mentioned in the policy brief, reach out.