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Teacher Leader Stories
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Teacher Leader Stories
The Power of Case Methods

Foreword by Barbara Miller



© 2011 | 208 pages | Corwin

Empower teacher leaders through the power of case study

Many teachers desire—but have a hard time obtaining—the training and support they need to lead others and expand their circle of influence. Like having a conversation with a successful teacher leader, this practical guide will help teachers strengthen their leadership skills, optimize student learning, and enhance the profession. Research confirms that the best way to become an effective teacher leader is through case study, and this book provides:

  • 16 compelling case studies that cover a broad range of leadership experiences
  • Explicit guidance on using case writing and case analysis to enrich teachers' professional learning
  • A facilitator's guide with discussion questions for each case study

The people and events in these cases are real, and these relatable stories cover a variety of leadership dilemmas from diverse settings. Written in compelling and straightforward language, Teacher Leader Stories is most beneficial to staff development professionals and aspiring teacher leaders seeking the rich, substantive professional learning experience they need to become successful.

 
Foreword by Barbara Miller
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
Who This Book Is For  
Overview: How to Use Case Analysis and Writing  
Organization of the Book  
 
1. The Value of Case Methods: Promoting Reflection on the Precarious Real World of Leadership
Why Use Case Methods to Support Teacher Leaders?  
How Do Case Methods Promote Teacher Leaders' Professional Growth?  
Why Invest in Teacher Leaders' Growth?  
The Efficacy of Case Writing: Findings From CSTP's Seminars  
Framing the Leadership Dilemmas  
 
2. Effective Approaches to Case Analysis and Case Writing
Facilitating Case Analysis  
Learning to Write Cases - A Tool for Professional Growth  
 
3. School-Level Leadership Dilemmas
How Hard Do I Push?  
Navigating New Waters: The Voyage of a Teacher Leader on the Sea of Change  
Out of the Closet . . . And Out the Door?  
Overwhelmed and Underappreciated  
Free Money?  
When Do I Tell?  
 
4. District-Level Leadership
Filling a Leadership Vacuum  
Considering All Voices  
Crossroads  
Where Do I Stand? Leadership in a Culture of Us and Them  
Preparing for the Future? Reliving the Past?  
Is it Just a Crazy Dream?  
 
5. State- and National-Level Leadership
Truth and Power  
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back  
Hanging in the Balance  
Transitions  
 
6. How to Use Cases to Support Teacher Leadership: Case-by-Case Facilitation Guides
Facilitation Guide for How Hard Do I Push?  
Facilitation Guide for Navigating New Waters  
Facilitation Guide for Out of the Closet . . . And out the Door?  
Facilitation Guide for Overwhelmed and Underappreciated  
Facilitation Guide for Free Money?  
Facilitation Guide for When Do I Tell?  
Facilitation Guide for Filling a Leadership Vacuum  
Facilitation Guide for Considering All Voices  
Facilitation Guide for Crossroads  
Facilitation Guide for Where Do I Stand? Leadership in a Culture of Us and Them  
Facilitation Guide for Preparing for the Future? Reliving the Past?  
Facilitation Guide for Is It Just a Crazy Dream?  
Facilitation Guide for Truth and Power  
Facilitation Guide for One Step Forward, Two Steps Back  
Facilitation Guide for Hanging in the Balance  
Facilitation Guide for Transitions  
Summing Up  
Going Forward: From Words to Actions  
 
Resources
Resource A. Recommended Books, Websites, and Readings  
Resource B. Just What Is Teacher Leadership?  
Resource C. CSTP Framework and Tools  
Resource D. Case-Writing Seminar Part 1: Sample Agenda  
Resource E. Case-Writing Seminar Part 2: Sample Agenda  
 
References

"Teaching and learning go hand in hand.  We do not learn to teach, we learn from our teaching.  This book offers a coherent, constructivist approach to do just that. It makes the daily life of classrooms accessible for thoughtful exploration and powerful learning."

Laura Lipton, Co-Director
MiraVia, LLC, Sherman, CT

"Teacher Leader Stories provides a charming and provocative collection of case studies for practicing and future educational leaders. This book provides helpful protocols, strategies, models, criteria, and procedures for employing case studies as a method of developing leadership skills."

Arthur Costa, Professor Emeritus
California State University, Sacramento

"The use of case studies in this book provides a safe experience and an excellent professional development opportunity. Teacher Leader Stories is a much-needed new tool for fostering teacher leadership."

Carol Kuhl Barry, Head of Middle School and Former Area Superintendent
The Bishop’s School, La Jolla and San Diego City Schools, CA

"This book is an excellent resource for teachers in leadership roles and the administrators who support them. It provides an honest and thought-provoking account of the challenges and dilemmas encountered by teacher leaders. This resource will be essential for professional developers and administrators who prepare teacher leaders to carry out their critical roles in schools."

Susan Mundry, Deputy Director
Learning Innovations at WestEd, Woburn, MA

"Teacher Leader Stories is a great gift to those who believe that no serious educational reform will take hold until teachers have a genuine voice in determining what matters. It's a book for veteran teacher leaders, those who aspire to leadership in schools and classrooms, and administrators eager to tap the expertise of the accomplished teachers they work with. This is a book that doesn't shy away from difficult issues."

Nancy Flanagan, Education Consultant
Education Week Magazine, Cedar, MI
Key features

(1) Provides explicit guidance on using case writing and case analysis to enrich professional learning for teacher leaders. 

(2)
Includes 16 richly-detailed cases for analysis, organized according to school-, district-, and state/federal-level applications.

(3) Addresses critical issues that affect teacher leaders in a variety of contexts. 


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Foreword

Introduction


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