Since 2010, over 200 teacher leaders from the Boston Public Schools have participated in graduate-level leadership development courses as part of the BTLC program. In each session of each course, these teacher leaders have provided feedback about what makes it easy or hard to implement the practical strategies and routines they are learning in their coursework. Over time, we have found that there are four key challenges faced by teacher leaders that we cannot address within our courses. They simply require a conversation with the principal. Further, we have learned from principals how hard it can be to have these conversations.
Read about these Discussion Guides in JSD, the professional journal of LearningForward.
- Critical Conditions: What Teacher Leaders Need to Be Effective In Schools (December 2013) provides an overview of the Discussion Guides,
- Checks and Balances: Built-in Data Routines Monitor the Impact of Boston's Teacher Leader Program (October 2013) describes the organizational learning data routines that led to the development of the Discussion Guides and other tools designed to maximize the impact of teacher leadership.