Background on this Tool
The Teacher Leadership: Teacher Self-Assessment Tool and the Teacher Leadership: District and School Leader Readiness Tool are designed for district and school leaders who are considering how to use teacher leadership initiatives to promote school improvement.
Teachers can use the Teacher Self-Assessment tool to assess their level of readiness for being a teacher leader and develop a plan to prepare themselves for leadership positions. The tool is organized into four domains: collaboration and communication, professional learning and growth, instructional leadership, and school and community advocacy.
District and school leaders can use this tool to gauge the extent to which their school systems have the necessary conditions in place to support teacher leadership. After completing the tool, users can generate a list of areas for improvement, resources needed and the next steps to better prepare to support and foster effective teacher leadership. This tool is organized into three domains: culture and context, roles and responsibilities, and systems and structures.
Guidance on How to Leverage this Tool
These Teacher Leadership tools are designed (1) to help district and school leaders determine the extent to which the necessary conditions at the district and school-level are in place to support teacher leadership and (2) to help a teacher self-assess her or his readiness for a teacher leadership role.
The teacher leadership competencies are organized into four domains. Each domain includes several competencies: some are foundational, for teachers thinking about leadership roles, and others are advanced, for teachers who are already taking on leadership roles. Teachers can take this self-assessment to determine how they exhibit these foundational and advanced competencies and identify areas of growth.
The elements of district and school readiness are organized into three domains. Each domain include several subdomains which include indicators with possible sources of evidence and look-fors to assess readiness and assign a rating.
Getting Started with the Readiness Assessments for Teacher Leaders
As a first step, district and school leaders are strongly encouraged to assess the extent to which their school systems can support teacher leadership. If the evidence supports the readiness of the district and school leaders to utilize teacher leaders in their school improvement initiatives, then teachers interested in or currently acting as teacher leaders could take the assessment to gauge their abilities and areas of improvement as a teacher leader.