This course provides an overview and examination of the foundational knowledge, current practices, and research related to teachers as leaders. The course addresses application and practices that develop competencies and behaviors that teachers need to become teacher leaders. Participants become reflective practitioners as they study the current state of education and many of the leading reform efforts. They learn and apply leadership strategies in their classrooms and communities. Participants explore theories as they may relate to the forces reshaping their schools. Topics such as organizational models, characteristics of leadership, change systems, vision development, and school design may be investigated. Participants set personal goals outlining ways they can create lasting change within the education profession through strengthening their instructional practice and commitment to student learning and achievement.
Participants will be able to:
• Articulate a personal vision and philosophy of teacher leadership
• Utilize skills for self-assessment as effective practitioners of pedagogical, curricular and technological expertise through reflective practice
• Collaborate productively and positively within a professional learning community to be more effective practitioners
• Use their communication skills to build a positive climate in schools and a sense of community