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Suggested Citation:"Teacher Leadership." National Research Council. 2007. Enhancing Professional Development for Teachers: Potential Uses of Information Technology: Report of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11995.
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Teacher Leadership

Opportunities for teachers to play leadership roles are strong in online professional development. For example, as Barbara Treacy explained, the EdTech Leaders Online program offered by the Education Development Center is “a teacher leadership model. It’s a capacity-building model where we work with any educational organization to help them figure out how to use online learning to meet their goals.” An organization’s leadership selects staff to be trained to become online professional development instructors, thereby creating a long-term relationship and capacity building in a school district.

For example, in Mississippi, a cohort of 24 online facilitators were trained by EdTech Leaders Online and now are offering online summer courses to teachers who hold emergency certification; 90 percent of these teachers complete the course that also matches their content areas and assigned grade levels.

In the Los Angeles Unified School District, there is a growing opportunity for teachers to receive online professional development. According to Martha Valencia, many of the district’s teachers prefer to take the required professional development online; surveys of teachers indicate that this mode is popular because it allows them greater flexibility in their schedules to complete the program and also to avoid long commutes to professional development sites.

Teachers who want leadership opportunities have doors open to them through training to become online trainers, online course developers, and part of an online program development both in their own school districts and in some of the many online programs now available nationally. This could become a new step in a teacher career pathway.

Suggested Citation:"Teacher Leadership." National Research Council. 2007. Enhancing Professional Development for Teachers: Potential Uses of Information Technology: Report of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11995.
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Teachers, like other professionals, need to stay informed about new knowledge and technologies. Yet many express dissatisfaction with the professional development opportunities made available to them in schools and insist that the most effective development programs they have experienced have been self-initiated. Enhancing Professional Development for Teachers explores how the provision of professional development through online media has had a significant influence on the professional lives of an increasing number of teachers.

Growing numbers of educators contend that online teacher professional development (OTPD) has the potential to enhance and even transform teachers' effectiveness in their classrooms and over the course of their careers. They also acknowledge that it raises many challenging questions regarding costs, equity, access to technology, quality of materials, and other issues. Enhancing Professional Development for Teachers suggests that teachers be active participants in planning and implementation of any new technologies that enhance professional development. The book recommends that federal and state policy makers take on the responsibility of promoting equal access to technology while the federal government and foundations play an important role by supporting the development, evaluation, and revision of OTPD.

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