Finding a New Way: Leveraging Teacher Leadership to Meet Unprecedented Demands

Rachel Curtis. 2013. The Aspen Institute.

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Given our newly refined ability to distinguish between teachers and their effectiveness, and the imperative brought on by the Common Core standards to deliver instruction at a more sophisticated level, it is no longer reasonable or tenable to keep treating teachers the same. School systems should provide their highest-performing teachers with leadership roles that both elevate the profession
and enable them to have the greatest impact on colleagues and students.

This paper fleshes out the founding principles of teacher leadership work, potential barriers, and strategies for districts seeking to develop transformational teacher leadership systems.