Developing Teacher Leaders: How Teacher Leadership Enhances School Success

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SAGE Publications, Apr 8, 2002 - Education - 157 pages
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`The authors approach the looming vacuum in school leadership from a uniquely proactive perspective. They have not only outlined a solid framework for thinking about parallel leadership, but have created a variety of experiential learning activities to use as a process for developing shared meaning and energy within the learning community as well′ - Yvonne Caamal Canul, Partner Educator, Partnership for Success, Michigan State Department of Education

`Developing Teacher Leaders presents a new paradigm of teacher leadership. It is filled with remarkable concepts, rich information, and practical exercises that readers will find invaluable′ - Gayle Moller, Assistant Professor, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina

The authors′ work builds on the current research and theory of teacher leadership and places it in the broader context of leadership. The authors also put forth the idea of "parallel leadership," that is teachers and administrators collaborating to foster, develop, and support teacher leadership. The leadership exercises contained in the book give teachers and administrators further opportunities to hone their leadership capabilities.

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Frank Crowther is an internationally respected scholar and researcher in educational management and leadership. He is professor and director of the Leadership Research Institute at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. In 1997, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Australian Council for Educational Administration in recognition of his services to educational leadership.

Stephen S. Kaagan is currently professor of education at Michigan State University. His teaching interests are leadership, organizational analysis, and administrative practice. He has a doctorate from Harvard University and has been honored with several awards, including membership in the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, London, England and Honorary Doctorates from Williams College in Massachusetts and Green Mountain College in Vermont.

Before coming to Michigan State University in 1991, Kaagan served as president of Hurricane Island Outward Bound (1989-91), commissioner of education for the State of Vermont (1982-88), and provost at Pratt Institute in New York City (1977-82).

He has written extensively on leadership, organizational development, the role of the arts in schooling, and assessment and accountability. Selected publications include Developing Teacher Leaders: How Teacher Leadership Enhances School Success (with Frank Crowther et al.), Managing Successful School Reform: the Legacy of Chris Argyris (a special edition of the International Journal of Educational Management, co-edited with Frank Crowther), Leadership Games: Experiential Learning for Organizational Development, and Leadership Lessons: From a Life of Character and Purpose in Public Affairs.

Kaagan is a charter board member of ArtServe Michigan. In the late 1980s, he served as a member of a distinguished panel on "Making the System Work Better for Poor Kids," a Carnegie Foundation–sponsored project of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Kaagan's experience spans an academic career; wide-ranging service as an advisor to government agencies, corporations, and educational institutions; military experience in the USMC Reserve; extensive travel throughout the world, including mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas, Andes, and Cascades; and rugby football refereeing for the US Rugby Football Union.

Margaret Ferguson is district manager of education services at Education Queensland. She has worked extensively in teacher leader development. Her work focuses on capacity building, leadership, and pedagogical enhancement in schools.

Leonne Hann is senior research associate in the Leadership Research Institute at the University of Southern Queensland. She has participated in national research projects in school innovation. Her recently completed postgraduate study deals with teacher leadership and successful school reform.

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