Before I was so tired, I was thinking a lot about teacher leadership. While I consider myself a teacher leader, I’m not always certain what that means.
In spite of that (because why let now knowing hold me back), I wrote a piece that was posted at te@chthought on this topic. My basic premise is that teacher leadership needs to go beyond a teacher’s school.
I want there to be teachers involved at all levels of decisions and policy. I want teachers to be writing about education for the general public. I want teachers to be sharing with other teachers what works in their classrooms. I want teachers to have a voice in education beyond their schools.
I believe this because teachers are the ones working with students everyday. When we lead, we lead with them in mind.
Somehow, in some way, teachers need to raise their voices and engage in the wider work of education because no one else knows children as well as we do.