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Educator Development and Equity

Teacher Leadership

Published: 4/8/2020 2:07 PM

Throughout the career pathway, educational professionals weave in and out of formal and informal leadership roles.  It is through these roles teachers, principals, and administrators effectively impact the growth of self, students, peers, school culture, and their local, state, and global community. 

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​Definition of Teacher Leadership: 

Teacher leaders transform their classrooms, schools, and profession, activating teacher growth and achieving equity and excellence for students.

Framework Spheres:

The framework contains six spheres or dimensions, each describing a set of dispositions, core beliefs, knowledge base, requisite skills and unique roles for teacher leaders.  While the spheres are interrelated, with each one broadening the stage for teacher leadership, it is not expected that individual teachers will fulfill every role. Rather, these six spheres suggest multiple roles for teacher leaders. Dispositions are enriched as teacher leaders work within the various spheres.

 Teacher Leadership Framework Graphic


Teacher Leadership

Leading from the Classroom

Leading through Modeling and Coaching

Leading through Groups and Teams

Leading to Increase Teacher Voice and Influence

Leading to Professionalize Teaching

Leading to Connect to Larger Community and World


Elevate teachers as experts and leaders.


Jocelyne Waddle
Office of Educator Licensure and Effectiveness
Division of Educator Recruitment and Development
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1479 Ext. 4540
Fax (502) 564-4007


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