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Role as a Teacher-Leader or Teacher-Researcher

Read Phelps' article entitled, "Helping Teachers Become Leaders." In this discussion forum, you will reflect upon your own leadership skills.

Choose one of these options (You can respond to both and/or synthesize your thinking around both concepts in order to further advance your thinking.):

Option A: According to Danielson's framework (as cited in Phelps, 2008), what are the three areas of teacher-leaders' influence? For each area, describe your leadership capacity. Which area do you see as your strength and why? Which area is your weakest and why?

Option B: According to Lieberman and Miller (as cited in Phelps, 2008), what are the three main roles of teacher/educational-leader? For each role, describe your own leadership capacity. Which role fits you the best and why? Which role is most foreign to you and why?

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Three areas of teacher-leaders influence are:

a. Schoolwide policies and programs: My leadership capacity in this area is probably my weakest area. In my area it is difficult to make changes in school policy or programs because everything must be approved by the school board. I do attend all the school board meetings that are open discussion and voice my concerns and my opinions on how we can improve the programs.

b. Teaching and learning: My leadership capacity in this area is probably my strongest. I work with other teachers to encourage learning of new and creative ways to teach the students. I help to set up workshops ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses three areas of teacher-leader influences and the three main roles of teacher/educational-leaders.

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