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Teacher leaders need to connect the pieces to see the whole

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Teacher leaders, to what extent have you had the opportunity to work effectively within your system and been able to understand your school improvement process and the changes leveraged by teacher leadership?

As a teacher leader, looking at your roles and responsibilities, to what extent have you been able to align your efforts in Multi-Tiered System of Supports, Iowa Core, early literacy, English language learners, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and other district-wide efforts?

The district Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) plan is not a separate plan. Teacher Leadership is a leverage tool that impacts school improvement efforts and district wide change.

The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession asks questions that may guide your system thinking processes:

  • What are the layers of system(s)?
  • What is the decision-making context in the building I serve?
  • What are the formal and informal rules in my building?
  • How do I best garner support from and work with staff?
  • How do I deal effectively with resistance?
  • What collective inquiry practices do I facilitate?
  • To what extent do I understand and leverage finance/resource allocations to impact school improvement?
  • Do I ask the right questions at the right time?

For teacher leaders, their desire to work with classroom teachers is grounded in their belief that systems-level change will positively impact student learning, and that their contributions to the profession are important and needed.

For more information, contact Lora Rasey at or 515-725-0648.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 05, 2021 at 7:43pm.