Teacher leadership is gaining momentum across Georgia as a viable strategy for improving teaching and learning, and retaining teachers. The Tool Kits
provided here were developed by Georgia educators and teacher educators who served as members of the Teacher Leadership Task Force, convened and collaboratively
facilitated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC), the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), and the Georgia Leadership Institute for
School Improvement (GLISI). The Tool Kits present a cohesive belief statement defining Teacher Leadership, as well as guidelines for teachers, principals,
central office personnel, and policy makers for developing teacher leaders within schools and districts. Teacher Leadership, deployed effectively within
local schools and districts, empowers teachers, accelerates instructional improvements, and ultimately benefits students. Aimed at encouraging the
cultivation and effective deployment of teacher leadership in schools and districts across Georgia, the Tool Kits will be periodically updated and expanded
to include additional resources, including videos depicting teacher leadership in action in Georgia schools. Select a section above to preview and download
your Teacher Leadership Tool Kit!
Certainly, a challenge in defining Teacher Leadership and in developing teacher leaders stems from the question: Are teacher leaders naturally motivated to
lead within their schools, or must they be formally trained to fulfill this lofty role? We believe the answer to this question is that teacher leaders are
cultivated through both pathways. Teacher leaders can emerge as those who voluntarily seek opportunities to lead by assisting their peers or serving in
informal leadership capacities. Likewise, those desiring to become teacher leaders in a more formal sense can pursue state certification in Teacher
Leadership through completion of a degree program or an endorsement program through a GaPSC-approved program.
Please refer to the following sites for more information regarding formalized Teacher Leadership credentialing via GaPSC-approved programs: