Communication Center  Conference  Projects Share  Reports from the Field Resources  Library  LSC Project Websites  NSF Program Notes
 How to Use this site    Contact us  LSC-Net: Local Systemic Change Network
Best Practices

Queries and Replies


Bulletin Board

Discussion: Lead Teachers and Teacher Leadership

 previous post
 main /index
posted by: Margaret Small on December 8, 1998 at 6:38AM
subject: Re: Ways to bring the shy, reluctant elementary teacher into leadership roles
It is our experience in the Chicago Secondary Mathematics Improvement Project
that many teachers need at least two years teaching a new curriculum before they
are comfortable assuming significant teacher leadership roles. The confidence to
express what is working well in one's own classroom is rooted in substantial
experience. This is what gives teacher leader potential credibility with other
colleagues who are skeptical about change.
We are in the second year of our program and we have an emerging core of 10
teacher leaders. All of them are in at least their second year of working with
the new curriculum. Several have taught it for 3 or 4 years. It seems necessary
for a teacher to have a significant personal foundation in the new tasks before
they are comfortable standing before others advocating a new approach and

 previous post