A 5-part Series: Finding the teacher leader inside you

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Ornate Winding Staircase: seemingly infinite“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of the holiday on which this post is published, I open with the words of a highly regarded leader. One who “leads from the front” as Renee Moore aptly titled her 2011 post. A leader who did not see leaders as “special” people, but merely people who were standing up for what was right.

This post begins a five-part series of gathered resources that examine leadership through the writings of educational leaders. Teacherpreneurs and advocates who took their first steps of faith and found themselves standing up for what was right in their classrooms, their communities, and their schools.

To borrow another quote from Dr. King: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” In working with students– the leaders of tomorrow–teachers know about all those things that matter: equity, empathy, and empowerment. But how often are we silent when those very things are diminished in our classrooms and schools? Could your teacher leadership first step be breaking that silence and speaking out?

I hope the gathered resources I share will help you to find inspiration, passion, and influence as a teacher leader. In anticipation, here’s a video produced by a teacherpreneur about teacher leaders defining their role.




Photo Credit: Chris Smith, CC licensed, via Flickr

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  • PatriceBucci


    Loved the video! Thinking of teacher leaders in those terms (collaborators,researchers, learners, fascilitators, advocates, data analysts etc) is spot on! Looking forward to the next post!

    Patrice Bucci

  • SusanGraham


    I love the broadness of teacher leadership this video represents because too often the idea of leadership implies a spokesmanship role.

    It’s not uncommon to hear teachers respond to the idea of teacher leadership with something like, “Teacher leader? Oh, I have no interest in meeting with policymakers.” That’s why I love the part of this video that points one way of being a teacher leader is  “Bringing out the strenght in other teachers.”

    I choose that role.


  • LaVaunFreeman

    positive lables

    I enjoyed the video it kept my attention, it was eye entertaining.  I also connected with the labeling of how teachers are, passionate, being a model and the best one,” the thurst for continiuous improvement”, that one is for me. Most teachers fall in the category of continous improvement anyway.  I’ll check back for updates.

  • BriannaCrowley

    Thanks all!

    Glad to see some excitement around this conversation of defining our own teacher leadership. Our own Megan Allen created this video–she rocks! 

  • joescully6

    Simple yet Effective!

    After reading so much about what  teacher leader is and does, its great to see a short video to not only sum it up in a minute and a half video, but to also give inspiration to others to become teachers leaders, or to improve their own leadership. Really liked the video as it already making me think what else can I do, or what problems in my school can I help deal with or solve. Great post!