“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John C. Maxwell
A few years ago I wrote a blog post called, 10 Ways to Build Teacher Leaders. I feel it is such as important topic, I wanted to add to it because enhancing teacher leadership can help schools and districts with:
- Improve teacher quality
- Improve student learning
- Provide opportunities for professional growth
Teacher leaders assume a wide range of roles to support school or districts. Some roles that teachers can take to become teacher leaders:
- Instructional Coach
- Professional Learning Specialist
- Data Coach
- Lab Teacher
To recognize all teachers, here are some ideas to try that can help build teacher leaders:
Super Teacher of the Week: Each week at staff meetings, one teacher is recognized as “Super Teacher of the Week” based on nominations from other staff members. Their nomination is read out loud at the staff meeting. Reward: They’re given a superhero pin to wear all week.
Teacher Shout Outs: Celebrate teachers accomplishments and/or failures to show it is okay to take risks. Reward: Shout outs are given at staff meetings. If you have sponsors or PTA, gift cards are a nice perk.
Above-and-beyond the Call of Duty: This recognition would go to a teacher that went above and beyond the regular job requirements. Reward: You can take a teacher’s duty for a day.
Spotlight on Support: Establish a bulletin board in the workroom that ‘spotlights’ a different support staff each month. This would be a way to recognize TA’s, Custodians, Bus Drivers, etc. Reward: Hang a bucket or envelope from the bulletin board where staff can fill out notes to recognize that support staff member for his/her special talents etc.
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