Educators seek out opportunities for leadership to support student empowerment and success and to improve teaching and learning.
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”—John F. Kennedy
I do not remember which job I heard the phrase (mostly because I have worked quite a few jobs!), but I do remember one of my bosses telling me that I should train my replacement. This wasn’t because I was doing a terrible job and about to be fired, but because I was supposed to set a goal to move up, to show leadership and move into a leadership role. Looking at standard 2.2, I can see the same point of view. Teachers should naturally begin to mentor newer teachers which will help empower teachers to become leaders. While mentoring a peer is one way, there are other ways to become a teacher leader. In an article titled, “Teacher Leadership Roles Inside and Outside of the Classroom,” several types of leadership styles are presented: authoritative leadership, affiliative leadership, democratic leadership, pacesetting leadership, and coaching leadership. Which type of leader do you see yourself as?
Another great resource that discusses not only empowering teachers, but also empowering students is an article aptly titled, ”Empowered Teachers Empower Students.” This post was written by John Spencer, and he also includes the podcast where he discusses empowering students (it’s a podcast of the article). Informative, interesting, and inspiring!