by Cynthia Carver, Oakland University
This is an exciting time to be a teacher leader! Increasingly, states are adopting teacher leadership endorsements and districts are finding ways to recognize teacher leaders for a variety of formal and informal roles, from new teacher mentor and literacy coach, to department chair and school improvement coordinator. In Michigan, for example, teacher leaders will be able to apply for an optional “Advanced Professional Educator” certificate starting in 2016. In preparation, teachers and leaders across the state are entering into conversation about how to use teacher leaders to promote continuous improvement at the building and district levels.