Leadership in a school system doesn’t just come from the top down. Some teachers may end up as informal leaders because of their prior experience or their natural leadership abilities. In some schools, designated teachers are hired specifically to serve as lead teachers. These teacher leaders influence others in their school system and have a large impact on the overall educational environment around them. By exploring a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, you are working to take on a leadership-type role in your work, whether formal or informal.
Teachers who are already in leadership roles
Teachers who have been in the field for a long time are often sought out for younger teachers to create a mentor-like relationship. Many states are encouraging these kinds of relationships for their instructors, with some states creating formal structures for implementation. Iowa, for example, has developed a program that spreads funding over a three-year period starting in 2016 to develop teacher leadership systems. The idea is that teachers who work together will create a stronger learning environment than those who work alone in classrooms. Those who are already in any type of leadership role could further their development by pursuing additional educational opportunities.
Many experienced teachers assist others in a large variety of ways. From offering advice to younger teachers to serving as a liaison between staff and administration, each action taken by these teachers serves to provide an example for others to follow. When you become an example to others, you are serving in a leadership capacity, and the best teacher leaders make sure that every professional action they take helps to nurture a culture of success.
Teachers who want to move into leadership roles
Perhaps you just started in the school system and are hoping to take on more leadership roles in the future. In this case, pursuing further education makes sense because it allows you to become more of an authority in the school system. This could lead to a position in administration or as a program leader of some capacity, but either way it can help you learn about leading educators effectively.
Most teacher leaders serve in both formal and informal leadership roles from time to time. As school districts look to improve their overall functioning to create stronger student outcomes, the administration turns to teachers to be the change they want to see. An MA in Educational Leadership can be the tool that sets you apart from others who have similar experience and abilities.
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