This was the best open conversation session I took part in during the day. It was inspiring to see and hear from so many leaders working at different capacities in the school. It was equally exciting to have a handful of teachers stepping up and sharing their experiences in being leaders and the obstacles they face.
I have interacted with Billy Krakower and Sharon LePage Plante via twitter a few times before this day. I knew them as intelligent, passionate educators. Having this conversation with them in person built that greatly. Talking about teacher leadership with them and others made me feel a connection that I had not experienced with other teacher leaders before that day.
Being a teacher leader often puts you in the middle. On one hand you were working closely with administrators to develop and implement ideas that make the school better or fill needs, on the other you are stepping out from among the crowd and saying yes, I will do something about that.
Teacher leaders fill needs in schools that administration cannot possibly fill without them. But, they also need to empower others. One realization I came to this past year, and the conversation reminded me of it, you cannot do everything! Being a teacher leader doesn’t just mean you do a lot of stuff, it means you fill needs and empower others to complete tasks as well. A good teacher leader is not only filling needs but also building capacity throughout the teaching staff by engaging and empowering others. Not everyone can or should be a teacher leader, but in today’s education world, we need those that can, to step up and become great.
Also, this…(Thanks Billy!)