Teacher Leadership: Improving Teaching and Learning From Inside the Classroom

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Elaine L. Wilmore
SAGE Publications, May 23, 2007 - Education - 129 pages
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'Long overdue. Teachers and the professors who teach them will greatly benefit from a seminal work that focuses on the teacher leader and gives those teachers the courage to stay where they are most needed.'¨From the Foreword by Rosemary Papa'Should be required reading in teacher preparation programs across the country.'¨Bill Crabtree Jr., Supervisor of Teacher Certification, Texas A&BAD:amp;M University-Commerce'Authentic school reform cannot take place without the support and genuine involvement of classroom teachers. WilmoreĂs book recognizes the necessity of equipping teachers with the concepts and skills crucial to practicing leadership within the classroom and throughout the learning community.'¨David Barbosa, Superintendent, Grand Prairie Independent School District, TXA visionary model of leadership that acknowledges a master teacher's power to make a difference.Leadership development has traditionally focused on administrators' responsibility for promoting and enhancing school improvement efforts. Today, there are a growing number of educators who believe leadership in the classroom plays an equally significant role in building a strong school culture. In Teacher Leadership, highly regarded education expert Elaine L. Wilmore offers a global perspective on classroom teachers' participation as leaders of students and focuses on increasing classroom leadership capacity. The author speaks directly to teachers, providing them with the leadership skills necessary to maximize their capabilities while remaining inside the classroom. Based on ISLLC standards, this readable and insightful text:Integrates leadership and school reform research with strategies for improvement from inside classroomsGives teachers the tools to improve teaching, student learning, and job satisfactionShows how teachers can create change, grow as professionals, and become true leaders to other teachers, their schools, and their communitiesWriting in an informative and inspiring yet practical style, Wilmore empowers all teachers to become leaders from inside their classrooms.

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Dr. Elaine Wilmore was a public school teacher, counselor, elementary, and middle school principal before she moved to higher education. She has extensive background in everything from Early Childhood Education to creating and leading doctoral programs. She currently serves as a Doctoral Dissertation Adviser for Nova Southeastern University. She formerly served as a Professor, the Chair of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Foundations and as the founding Doctoral Director at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She also served at Dallas Baptist University as Assistant Vice President for Educational Networking and Program Director for the M.Ed. and, again, the implementing director of the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership.

Prior to her position at Dallas Baptist University, Dr. Wilmore served as Special Assistant to the Dean for NCATE Accreditation, Chair and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and was the founder of all initial Educational Leadership graduate programs at UTA including the innovative field-based and grant funded Educational Leadership UTA, which received national acclaim, and the Scholars of Practice program. While at UTA she also served as Director of University Program Development where she developed and was the original Chair of the Faculty Governance Committee for the College of Education. Dr. Wilmoreĺs respect amongst those in higher education has led her to serve as a tenure reviewer in four states and a manuscript and proposal reviewer for many conferences and professional journals.

"I attended your workshop at College Station this past summer.áI am happy to announce that I passed my certification exam the first timeáaround!áI am so excited and look forward to the future and what doors may open.áThank you for your strategies and your book!" -áElodia Witterstaetter, TX

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