Posted by Brianna Crowley on Monday, 02/03/2014
General Montgomery defined leadership as “the capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” This definition can inspire teachers to find their own voice and in turn, their influence.
In my introductory post, we looked to Martin Luther King Jr. for inspiration. Now, we turn to practicing teacher leaders who share about the people and ideas that inspire them to lead.
International inspiration for building teacher leadership by Megan Allen
"I am going to take a moment to brag about some of my favorite teacher leaders who are blazing the path as we speak."
Lead from the Front by Renee Moore
“My first principal, Mr. Leroy Byars always admonished the staff at our school to show our expectations for our students through our own actions and behaviors.”
Why be a Career Teacher by Justin Minkel
“One of my early heroes was Al Gordon, a kindergarten teacher who had taught for over 30 years at our school in West Harlem. When he and I went to lunch, it was like hanging out with a rock star.”
Do you see yourself as the leader? by Jose Vilson
“I'm starting to see the value in building a groundswell for yourself that doesn't leave those high-ranking officials with much of an option except to know you.”
Action Step: After reading these articles, identify a teacher (or multiple teachers) who are leading creatively from the classroom either locally, nationally, or internationally. Then think about what you admire about their teacher leadership. Now, reflect about your own situation: How could you emulate one aspect of their leadership within your own context? What does your first leadership step look like?
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