Footnotes to Teacher Leadership

  • Mark A. Smylie
  • David Mayrowetz
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 21)

Teacher leadership has been a prominent feature of the educational reform landscape for some time now. Since the mid-1980s, teachers have been looked to with increasing regularity as agents of school and classroom change. Their leadership has been promoted in a number of different ways, from involving them in school-level and district-level decision making; to creating specific leadership roles related to teacher professional development and instructional improvement; to encouraging informal and collaborative leadership work on teams, as part of school professional community, and through initiatives to develop distributed leadership. The proliferation of opportunities for teacher leadership development in recent years reveals a great deal of faith and confidence in its efficacy for promoting teacher professionalization and school improvement.


School Leadership School Reform School Improvement Educational Leadership Chicago School 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark A. Smylie
    • 1
  • David Mayrowetz
    • 1
  1. 1.Policy Studies, College of EducationUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicago60607

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