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Teacher Leaders: Self Perceptions and Training Needs. Terry Dozier, Director Rhonda “Nikki” Barnes, NBCT-in-Residence Center for Teacher Leadership Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education. Survey. The survey sought to discover recognized teachers’ Self perceptions

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Teacher Leaders: Self Perceptions and Training Needs

Terry Dozier, Director

Rhonda “Nikki” Barnes, NBCT-in-Residence

Center for Teacher Leadership

Virginia Commonwealth University

School of Education


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Survey

The survey sought to discover recognized teachers’

  • Self perceptions

  • Perceptions of the characteristics of a teacher leader

  • Leadership roles played and training received

  • Desired leadership roles

  • Needs with regard to training


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Methodology

Purposeful sample of recognized teachers

  • Teachers of the Year

  • National Board Certified Teachers

  • Disney Teachers

  • Milken Educators

  • Presidential Math and Science Awardees


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The Sample

Teacher listservs and networks

  • National Teacher Forum Listserv

  • NBPTS Network Advisory Committee Networks

  • Southeastern Virginia NBCT Network

  • Virginia Teacher Forum


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Respondents

  • Survey link was sent to approximately 300 teachers, 179 responded (60% response rate).

  • Virginia was over sampled

  • 37 states had at least one respondent, most likely a former State Teacher of the Year or runner up.





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Self Perception of Leadership Skills Teacher

I have the knowledge and skills to. . .


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Teacher Leaders Lack Confidence in Key Areas Teacher

I am knowledgeable about. . .


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Self-Perceptions in the Area of Educational Policy Teacher

I am knowledgeable of the needs of educational policymakersand skilled at discussing educational policy with them. (N= 177)

1%

23%

25%

40%

11%


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Strongly Agree Characteristics Teacher

Of the 20 teachers who indicated they strongly agree

  • 15 were Teachers of the Year (TOYs) – 75%

  • 11 were NBCTs – 55%

    • Of the eleven NBCTS, 6 (54%) were also TOYS

  • ALL who responded “strongly agree” were TOYS, NBCTS, or Both


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Teachers of the Year More Confident in the Policy Arena Teacher

I have knowledge of and am skilled at discussing policy.

  • 57% of TOYs strongly agree/agree

  • 26% of NBCTs strongly agree/agree

    The best combination appears to be TOYs who are also NBCTs

  • 63% of the TOY/NBCT combos strongly agree/agree




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Most Common Leadership Roles the Skills Needed

  • Staff Development (93%)

  • Curriculum Development (84%)

  • Grade Level/Department Chair (84%)

  • Mentoring New Teachers(82%)

  • Coaching Experienced Teachers (65%)


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Training Received the Skills Needed

Have you received training for ALL of the leadership roles you have played? (N=177)

  • Yes 18%

  • No – 82%


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Mentoring and Coaching the Skills Needed

38% NT

47% NT


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Educational Policy and Issues the Skills Needed

53% NT

79% NT


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Desired Leadership Roles the Skills Needed

Please select the TOP THREE areas in which you have NOT served as a teacher leader but would like to serve as one. (N = 179)

TOP THREE ARE…

  • Teacher Recruitment

  • Educational Policy and Issues

  • Advisor to Policymaking Group

    95%of the respondents chose one of these three areas.


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Recognized Teachers Want Training to Help Them Become Effective in the Policy Arena

Top 3 Aspects of Teacher Leadership in Which Additional Training is Needed


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Training Needed Effective in the Policy Arena

Please select the TOP THREE aspects of teacher leadership for which you feel you need additional training (N=179)

Every respondent choseUnderstanding Educational Policy and IssuesorWorking CollaborativelyWith Educational Policy Makersas one area in which they needed training.


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Barriers to Teacher Leadership Effective in the Policy Arena

  • Time

  • Lack of training


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Conclusions Effective in the Policy Arena

  • Self Perceptions

  • Characteristics of a Teacher leader

  • Lots of leadership roles/positions

  • Not trained for all

  • Almost no leadership in policy and those who did lead…had no training

  • Recognized teachers want to be trained in and have opportunities to influence educational policy.


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Teacher Leadership Pyramid Effective in the Policy Arena


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