Commentary: Leading Beyond the Classroomby: Jean Tushie

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Science and science education have had many great leaders, some of whom may not have thought of themselves as leaders while engaged in their work. This holds true for many teachers, who think they do not have the time or experience to be a great leader. However, each educator can offer something to not only his or her students but also to colleagues beyond the classroom. This article outlines some of the top leadership opportunities for teachers.

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  • on Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:44 PM

A classroom teacher can do so much more to lead other teachers. This can occur by mentoring other teachers, becoming a department chair or team leader, by volunteering in district or school wide projects, as well as presenting a various events at the local, state, and/or national level. As the author states: “Simply taking advantage of any of these opportunities makes you a leader and allows you to contribute to the science community.” From my experience, that is a very true statement.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:21 PM

This article is short and to the point. Yet it clearly defines several avenues teachers can pursue in the quest to become teacher leaders. The list offered includes: mentoring, taking a science department chair position, planning district or school science events/activities, presenting at state conferences, and opportunities available through the NSTA. There is more detail provided on each of these topics within the article. Teachers of all grade levels would benefit from the opportunities discussed in this article.

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

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