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Literacy Leadership from the Classroom: Learning from Teacher Leaders

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The effectiveness of literacy education within the classroom is dependent on the expertise of the teacher. The effectiveness of literacy education throughout the school is increased when a teacher becomes a leader, sharing her expertise with colleagues to strengthen the entire literacy system. In this column, we address the roles of three audiences in supporting the growth of teacher leaders: (a) principals or other leaders who want to build the capacity for shared leadership in their schools, (b) literacy coaches who value the expertise of teachers and want to develop them as leaders, and (c) teachers who want to grow professionally and contribute to their team by engaging in acts of leadership.