Role Of Teacher Leadership And Empowerment

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A. What is teacher leadership and empowerment and why should it be promote in schools? The role of teacher leader has been defined as “teachers who aspire to stretch beyond their classrooms to engage in leadership roles that take many shapes and forms, both “informal and formal”. (ECS, 2010). Teacher leadership has also been described as “the process by which teachers, individually and collectively, influence their colleagues, principals, and other members of the school community to improve learning practices with the aim of increased student learning and achievement.” (ECS, 2010). In years past, a majority of teacher leadership roles took the form of department chair, committee chair, grade level chair, etc. It was more of a representative role versus a leadership role. Their responsibility primarily involved dispersing information from administration to their counterparts and taking information back to administration from the group. Their position lacked decision-making power and true leadership that brings about “real” change. These tasks are still viewed as opportunities for teacher leadership; however, recently, the…show more content…
Empowered teachers have “autonomy to make decisions about curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment”. Teachers who are empowered become risk takers by experimenting with new ideas, reading new books, and attending and planning professional development activities in order to survive and thrive in the current high-stakes school climate”. The only difference I notice between teacher empowerment and leadership is empowerment is the preparation and process teachers go through in order become teacher leaders. Once a teacher has developed competence, became a problem and risk taker, and began engaging in professional development to grow professionally; they have equipped themselves to be an effective contributor and leader in school
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