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Dr. Craig Weaver

Course Description:  In order to improve instruction and impact student learning, teacher leaders must know, understand and be able to demonstrate to all stakeholders evidence-based principles of leadership.  The course will focus on the specific variables associated with development of the professional educator who is now required to bring a toolbox full of resources to the workplace if all students are to reach their full potential. Through discussion, case studies and analysis of theory and practice, participants will become equipped to better address school-based problems and issues.

Teacher Leader Standards Addressed:
Standard 1.

Teacher Leader Candidates know and demonstrate skill in evidence-based principles of effective leadership ad teacher learning.

1.1 Candidates articulate their knowledge of effective leadership to encourage high levels of performance for educators and students.

1.2 Candidates demonstrate skill in managing the change process by assisting and supporting teacher learning through professional development.

1.3 Candidates understand and apply strategies that assist adult learning and development.

1.4 Candidates respect the diversity of the school staff, teachers, administrators and other personnel.

1.5 Candidates engage in reflective practice concerning leadership roles and responsibilities, and encourage reflective practice in others.

Standard 3.

Teacher Leader candidates facilitate a collaborative learning culture.

3.2 Candidates nurture open and effective lines of communication with students, parents, other educators, administrators, and the community through professional learning communities.

Standard 4.

Teacher Leader candidates participate in developing and supporting a shared vision and clear goals for their schools.

4.1 Candidates participate in developing a shared vision for short-term and long-term goals for ongoing school reform, and continuous improvement.

4.4 Candidates support other school leadership team members in advocating and communicating the school vision and goals.

Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession (OSTP) Addressed:

Standard 4.

Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction that advances the learning of each individual student.

Standard 6.

Teachers collaborate and communicate with students, parents, other educators, administrators and the community to support student learning.

Standard 7.

Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member

Course Objectives:

  1. Apply ethical principles of leadership – TLS 1.1
  2. Articulate to what extend school politics are functional/dysfunctional to the school operation – TLS 1.1
  3. Describe why models of decision making and reflection are useful to school leadership – TLS 1.1
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of leadership and be able to apply this information in the workplace and in professional learning communities – TLS 1.5, 3.2
  5. Describe how teacher leaders can support the work of teachers, improve student learning and promulgate the school vision and goals – TLS 4.1, 4.4; OSTP 7
  6. Articulate how professional development acts as a process for school improvement -1.1, 1.2; OSTP 6, 7
  7. Summarize and apply research on professional development – TLS 1.2
  8. Distinguish the forces that limit and promote effective classroom instruction – TLS 1.2; OSTP 5
  9. Apply the basic principles of motivation and the change process – TLS 1.2; OSTP 5
  10. Identify the roles and responsibilities of teacher leaders in diverse school settings – TLS 1.4
  11. Explain the theories of school change as they apply to diverse learning environments –TLS1.2; OSTP 7
  12. Examine various research-based practices that support individual professional development – TLS 1.2, 1.3; OSTP 7
  13. Demonstrate how to incorporate a school wide vision into problem solving efforts and activities – TLS 4.1, 4.4
  14. Examine the importance of nurturing open communication with all stakeholders through professional learning communities – TLS 3.2; OSTP 6

    Required Text and Course Materials: (provided)

Danielson, C. (2006). Teacher leadership that strengthens professional

 practice. Alexandria, VA:  ASCD.

Mangin, M.,  Stoelinga, S. R. (2007). Effective teacher leadership:  Using

research to inform and reform. New York, New York: Teachers College Press.

Ohio Teacher Leader Standards

Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession

Supplemental Text/Readings (Not Required);

Crowther, F., Ferguson, M., and Hann, L.  (2008). Developing

teacher leaders:  How teacher leadership enhances school success. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Darling-Hammond, L. & Bransord, J. (2005).  Preparing teachers for a changing way.

California: Jossey-Bass.

MacDonald, E. & Shirley, D. (2009). The mindful teacher. New York: Teachers Press.

Rodgers, C. (2002). Defining reflection:  Another look at John Dewey and reflective

thinking. Teacher College Record. 104 (4), pp. 842-866.


Teacher Leader Development Plan

Based on teacher leader needs assessment, craft an individual professional development plan to enhance teacher leader competencies.

Problem of Practice

Working with a class team, student will identify a building or district level issue/problem that negatively impacts school vision, goals and student achievement. Develop a plan to work with school leadership and teachers to permanently solve the issue/problem. and design an evaluation instrument to determine if successful problem resolution has indeed occurred.


Maintain a professional journal documenting problem of practice team meetings, class activities.

Ted Talk

3-5 minute oral presentation on issue of interest based on topics surrounding ethics and/or leadership.

Day One


Review of Syllabus

24 years of Federal Education

Where is Educational Leadership? Evidence

Ted Talk:  Linda Cliatt Wayman “How to Fix a School?”

Teacher Leader Standards Audit

Review of Teacher Professional Standards

Standard 1 – 6 groups (Standard definition and clarification)

Standard 4 – 4 groups Assign

Definition of Ethics - individual

Ethics in America

 (#9.  The Human Experiment)

            Ethical dilemmas/issues; point/counterpoint/your point

Review definition of Ethics

Brainstorm School Problems

Ethical Dilemma Discussion- small groups

Work on Standard 4 Area

Watch Ethics in America

Read Danielson, Teacher Leadership, Chapter 2

Journal Entry Day One

Begin work on School Problem

Think about Ted Talk topic

Day Two

Review Teacher Leader Standards

Share Standard 4 areas

Discussion of Ethics in America

Ted Talk:  Ken Robinson “Schools Kill Creativity”

Process of Change

Article:  Speck, “The Change Process in A School Learning Community”

Article:  Kimberly, “Why Understanding the 7th Stage Change Process Helps School & District Leaders”

Ethical Dilemma – small groups

Ted Talks (2)

Read Most Likely to Succeed – Chapter 7

Work on School Problem

Begin preparation for Ted Talk

Write ethical dilemma

Day Three

Discussion of Chapter 7

Effective Teacher Leadership Chapter 3: Content is the Subject:  How Teacher     Leaders with Different Subject Knowledge Interact with Teachers

Fill out study guide

Own Ethical Dilemma (share in small groups)

Article: Wolpert-Gawron, “The Many Roles of an Instructional Coach”

Investigation of Decision Making Models/share

Peer share Ted Talk

Work on School Problem

Day Four

Article:  Vilson, “What Teacher Leadership Looks Like for the New School Year”

Share of Ted Talks

School Problem

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