Re-imaging teacher leaders leading school improvement: the untapped potential

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Petersen, Shauna. 2015. "Re-imaging teacher leaders leading school improvement: the untapped potential." Leading and Managing. 21 (2), pp. 1-28.
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Re-imaging teacher leaders leading school improvement: the untapped potential

ERA Journal ID19932
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AuthorPetersen, Shauna
Journal TitleLeading and Managing
Journal Citation21 (2), pp. 1-28
Year2015
PublisherAustralian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL)
ISSN0310-8767
1329-4539
Web Address (URL)http://www.acel.org.au/acel/ACELWEB/Publications/Journals/_Leading___Managing/ACELWEB/Publications/Leading___Managing.aspx?hkey=82b345d8-7ed5-41bc-ac59-e0a23430a4bc
Abstract

Some 20 years ago, teacher leadership was on the verge of an exciting future when this ‘sleeping giant’ (Katzenmeyer & Moller, 2001, 2009) was awakened. While still central to the school improvement agenda, the visibility of teacher leadership as an organisational resource is not overtly apparent. There are significant numbers of schools in Australia that have engaged in reform efforts, and teacher leaders have led the process. What happened to these teacher leaders and what are they doing now? Has their teacher leader potential been realised?

This article presents the findings of a study that explored the lived experiences of teacher leaders who have emerged from a school improvement process. Vignettes of five categories of teacher leaders highlight initially, their diverse experiences and significantly, that there is a bank
of untapped teacher leader potential lying dormant within Australian education systems. Untapping this potential requires a change in mindset by principals and systems to build organisation-wide teacher leadership capacity.

Keywordsteacher leadership; school improvement
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390399. Education systems not elsewhere classified
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
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Byline AffiliationsLeadership Research Institute
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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