The Dark Side of Teacher Leadership [Future of Teaching]

Jose VilsonResources

I’m usually a fan of teacher leadership, but sometimes, it makes me nervous. Observe:

I wonder if teachers who are deemed teacher leaders understand why so many of us put teacher in front of leader when speaking in front of teacher leadership.

This falls on some of our colleagues too, who jump right into the teacher leadership role and misunderstand what comes with the title i.e. the perception that, yes, they will lead as teachers. No teacher should have to feel reserved when it comes to their professional opinion, but fellow teachers do value expertise and approach when it comes to leadership, no matter who it comes from.

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Mr. Vilson, who had to ask …