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US Department of Education’s Focus on Teachers as Leaders

The US Department of Education, in partnership with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and ASCD, is developing public awareness of the importance of teachers as leaders through their Teach To Lead program.

Teacher Leaders

For many years, teachers were natural leaders of curriculum and classrooms. The growth of the administrative role in schools, districts, and states, has since usurped the leadership role of teachers. However, teachers still lead during the teaching and learning moments in classrooms. So, why can’t we design new policies that support teachers as the ultimate leaders of instruction? Wouldn’t it make sense to use what teachers learn to better inform policy decisions? Let’s train teachers to become the best leaders of education process, but let’s also listen to what they learn so that we can change our educational system to help all students learn well.

The rest of today’s blog is given over to the USDOE webpage and to point the reader to their website for more information:

“USDOE: Transforming Teaching and Leading”

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the great work of teachers throughout the country, who give of themselves to improve educational opportunities for all students. We support the work of teachers through initiatives and resources that lift the profession and help educators and students succeed.

Teach to Lead

Leading from the Classroom Hot Topics

Teach to Lead® is an initiative jointly convened by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, ASCD and the U.S. Department of Education. The program’s mission is to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership. This is achieved by providing resources, facilitating stakeholder consultation, and encouraging professional collaborations to develop and amplify the work of teacher leaders. Teach to Lead envisions a world in which teachers are valued as the foremost experts in instruction and, as such, are leaders of informing, developing, and implementing education policy and practice to steer systematic improvements to benefit student learning.

Mission: Teach to Lead envisions a world in which teachers are valued as the foremost experts in instruction and, as such, are leaders in developing, informing, and implementing education policy and practice to steer systemic improvements to benefit student learning.

Objectives:

  • Increase pathways and opportunities for teachers to exercise leadership
  • Elevate teacher voice to inform and develop policy and practice
  • Expand existing efforts and create models to steer systemic improvements to benefit student learning
  • Increase pathways and opportunities for teachers to exercise leadership
  • Elevate teacher voice to inform and develop policy and practice
  • Expand existing efforts and create models to steer systemic improvements to benefit student learning

The Teachers Edition

The Teachers Edition is a weekly newsletter written by teachers at the Department of Education that celebrates teaching and leading.

The Teachers Edition highlights great teachers and teacher leadership and offers a number of resources, including examples of best practices and links to interesting reading and emerging research that help educators solve problems and answer burning questions.

Dr. Robert A. Southworth, Jr.

Dr. Robert A. Southworth, Jr.

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