How Can Teachers Lead?
The AFT has long recognized the importance of teachers as leaders and has supported efforts to recognize them. In recent decades, more organizations have created programs to promote teacher leadership, and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes opportunities for states and local educational agencies to develop and promote school leadership programs. All teachers can lead by sharing information with their colleagues and by learning from one another. Other leadership roles are more formal, and they can include peer-to-peer leaders, school-level leaders, and system leaders.