Teacher leaders are highly effective teachers who accept responsibility beyond classroom instruction for a task or function which contributes to quality development at their school.
These teachers act as leading professionals, drawing upon external and experiential knowledge to continually improve their practice with a focus on equity and learning.
They are sources of inspiration for their colleagues and ambassadors for their schools.
By taking on a teacher leadership role, teachers “break ranks” and become visible to colleagues as leaders.
Where teacher leadership is new, “breaking ranks” in the flat hierarchy typically found in school cultures commonly results in irritation,
on a spectrum from speaking up and attracting attention to designed intervention and resistance.