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How teachers learn to lead

Programs build knowledge and skills teachers need to be influential beyond their classrooms

By Learning Forward
June 2019
Vol. 40, No. 3
While many schools are experimenting with new fads and formulas in an effort to ensure that all students receive what they need to be successful, others have begun to look anew at the resources they already have: teachers. Each teacher brings a unique combination of knowledge, skills, experiences, passions, and talents to his or her school, just as students do to their classrooms. When teachers are able to exchange expertise, challenge each other to meet high expectations, and support each other to meet them, they better serve their own students while also being a tremendous resource for improving the quality of each other’s teaching. They become teacher leaders. When teachers are able to exchange expertise, challenge each other to meet high expectations, and support each

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Authors

Jill Harrison Berg

Jill Harrison Berg (jhberg@gmail.com) is a researcher and consultant on teacher leadership and systemic improvement.

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