Teacher leaders are an integral part of the solution to addressing the increasing demands placed on school administrators, retaining quality teachers, and providing meaningful professional learning. Teacher leaders — classroom teachers with expertise in instruction and in leading peers — are capable of sharing the responsibilities of instructional leadership and are influential in working alongside peers to improve practice.

In this CenterView issue, the Center reports on its survey findings indicating positive professional benefits to teacher leaders and the teachers they support. For example, teacher leaders feel more confident as practitioners and as instructional leaders in their leadership role. Teachers who participated in teacher-led professional learning with teacher leaders expressed increased confidence in their own standards-aligned teaching abilities and greater satisfaction in collaborating with colleagues.

Turn to the CenterView, Teacher Leadership Works, to learn more about:

  • The ways teacher leadership elevates professionalism
  • The benefits to both teacher leaders and the teachers they lead in teacher-led professional learning
  • Strategies for administrators when recruiting teacher leaders and finding protected time for teacher-led professional learning

This issue is part of a Center series on teacher leadership in the Teacher Practice Networks initiative.