Leadership by teachers is essential to serving the needs of students, schools and the teaching profession. What we’ve consistently heard from teachers and administrators is that the most valuable professional learning opportunities have been the kind that are embedded in schools and shaped by practitioners. These learning opportunities necessitate strong teacher leaders who can build capacity of schools to meet school-wide goals and serve their students.
TEACHER LEADER BELIEFS & COMPETENCIES
While there are a number of beliefs and competencies that go into being a great leader, the Office of Human Capital believes that these four qualities are essential to the work of teacher leaders.Four Core Teacher Leader Beliefs and Competencies (TLBC)
Collaboration: Teacher Leaders must believe that fostering a collaborative culture to support student learning, teacher development, and school culture is essential to making comprehensive improvements at a school.
Lifelong Learning: Teacher Leaders must believe that promoting lifelong learning and professional growth in both students and adults is both possible and essential to making positive, long-term impacts at a school.
Self-Awareness: Teacher Leaders must be self-aware of both their strengths and areas for growth in order to effectively lead other colleagues.
Communication: Teacher Leaders must effectively communicate to stakeholders and promote a culture of mutual accountability and follow through.
The Boston Public Schools is committed to ensuring that there is an effective teacher in every classroom and an effective leader in every school. We believe that leadership begins in the classroom; principals and headmasters take the baseline of instructional leadership skills developed in the classroom and in preparation programs to their new positions and continue to develop in their school leadership roles.