At MSU, the objectives of our Teacher Leadership Endorsement program which leads to State Certification in Teacher Leadership directly align with the Teacher Leader Model Standards, that were developed by The Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium.
We see Teacher Leadership not as a formal role, responsibility, or set of tasks. Rather, it is a form of agency in which teachers are empowered to lead efforts and build grassroots capacity to directly impact the quality of teaching and learning. Teacher Leaders lead within and beyond the classroom through four core commitments upon which this program is conceived:
One: Teacher Leadership is grounded in knowledge of learners and subject matter (Domain Two: Accessing and Using Research to Improve Practice and Student Learning; Domain Four: Facilitating Improvements in Instruction and Student Learning)
- Teacher leaders lead by example. We are committed to fostering teaching expertise through knowledge of learners and content. This commitment involves the construction and implementation of curriculum that is based on a deep understanding of teaching and learning and how schools really work.
Two: Teacher Leadership is a moral commitment. (Domain Two: Accessing and Using Research to Improve Practice and Student Learning; Domain Four: Facilitating Improvements in Instruction and Student Learning; Domain Five: Promoting the Use of Assessments and Data for School and District Improvement).
- Teacher leaders lead with their moral commitment(s). We are committed to providing leadership to advance high-quality teaching and learning, close performance gaps among diverse students, and raise public awareness of the teacher’s critical role as a professional in designing curriculum and promoting student achievement.
Three: Teacher Leadership is collaborative and inclusive (Domain One: Fostering a Collaborative Culture to Support Educator Development and Student Learning; Domain Three: Promoting Professional Learning for Continuous Improvement; Domain Seven: Advocating for Student Learning and the Profession).
- Teacher leaders lead through collaboration. We are committed to a “new professionalism” based upon mutual trust, recognition, empathy, sensitivity to school personnel, families, and communities, and the investment of leadership roles with dignity, not simply power over others. We draw upon and strive to develop the potential in all teachers to be professionals, make decisions and choices in their classrooms, and ultimately have ownership of their teaching and the types of engagements that they have with their students.
Four: Teacher Leadership is transformative (Domain Three: Promoting Professional Learning for Continuous Improvement; Domain Six: Improving Outreach and Collaboration with Families and Community; Domain Seven: Advocating for Student Learning and the Profession).
- Teacher leaders lead for transformation. We are committed to a focus on amplifying the teacher’s voice and actions to engage the public and work with the policy community in advocating for more effective and inclusive educational policies and programs.