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Transforming education through teacher leadership

Edited by David Frost

Transforming education through teacher leadershipThis book illuminates and exemplifies teacher leadership through authentic narratives. The authors include teachers themselves and those who facilitate and support them.

Collectively these accounts explicate a theory of non-positional teacher leadership and its role in educational transformation. The theory is embedded in the narratives and key insights are highlighted in the editorial commentary that runs throughout.

This is a book which deserves a wide audience. It cultivates optimism about teachers and what they can achieve in schools and their communities. It is important because at the heart of the book are teachers’ voices and stories written in an engaging and accessible way. It would be wrong to assume however that it is just a collection of stories. It carries a theory about school leadership and school improvement which is challenging.

From the Foreword by Jo Mylles, Deputy Headteacher

This is a book that cultivates hope, speaks a language of possibility, and reminds us of the ultimate meaning for what we are teachers: transform education and improve people’s lives.

Rocío García Carrión, International Journal of Educational Leadership & Management

Read this book and you will be reinvigorated to take charge of your own practice development and inspire others to do so.

Chris Richards, Academies Week

First published by Leadership for Learning: The Cambridge Network, 2014, and available to purchase here for just £15 plus postage and packaging.

David Frost is a member of the Leadership for Learning group at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education. His research focuses on teacher leadership and the development of strategies to support teachers as agents of change. As a founder member of Leadership for Learning: the Cambridge Network, he is committed to democratic values in educational settings.

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May 2016 news:

translation of Transforming Education Through Teacher LeadershipWe are delighted to announce the publication in Belgrade of a translation of Transforming Education Through Teacher Leadership.

The translation was undertaken by Gordana Miljevic who has championed the cause of teacher leadership since 2008 when, as an Open Society Foundations programme manager, she came to Cambridge to investigate what this particular approach to shared leadership was all about. She subsequently raised funds and steered the involvement of collaborators in organisations in ten South Eastern European countries including Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia and so on. In the Translator’s Introduction, Gordana made the following comment.

Transforming education through teacher leadership helps to address the chronic lack of the adequate literature on non-positional teacher leadership in local languages. It offers a wealth of ideas on the improvement of teacher professionalism, teaching-learning quality and the collaborative school culture.

At LfL we are honoured by seeing this book published in the Serbian language and delighted to know that so many educators across the Balkans will now be able to access these inspiring account of practice in the field of teacher leadership.

David Frost and colleagues are currently working on the second book in the LfL teacher Leadership series which will be translated into Arabic reflecting the inclusion of a number of accounts from the middle-east.

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