This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.
The Teacher Leader KnowledgeBase aims to raise awareness of the teacher leader role at the district level and to support teachers aspiring to the teacher leader role through master's degree-level university programs.
Task 3: Contrast Teacher Leader and School Leadership Roles
Teacher leader and school leadership roles are complimentary in nature. Teacher leadership is peer oriented, while school leadership is "chain-of-command" oriented. Leadership roles may take on either a formal or informal dimension. Formal leaders are those persons who are fulfilling designated organizational leadership roles with prescribed authority and responsibilities. Informal leaders are persons whose leadership capacities are recognized by others willing to follow them, but they may not have designated organizational leadership authority or responsibilities. As a district and its schools develop teacher leader roles, they need to be cognizant of these differences.