Smarter Teacher Leadership
Neuroscience and the Power of Purposeful Collaboration
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
Teachers College Press
This pioneering book shares a fresh vision for school leadership that connects current knowledge from mind, brain, and adult learning research to the process of teacher development and leadership. The authors provide clear steps to enable and inspire teachers to embrace leadership and collaboration opportunities for improving instruction and student outcomes, and increasing professional satisfaction. To demonstrate the broad array of leadership pathways, a flexible “spectrum of teacher leadership” suggests the myriad ways for teachers to contribute to their school and community beyond their classrooms. This spectrum is illustrated with real-life examples of teacher leadership in practice. Smarter Teacher Leadership will guide teachers to bridge what has been discovered about the brain and how metacognitive, cognitive, and affective skills support learning, teaching, and leading to stimulate collaboration with colleagues and advocacy with administrators, parents, and the wider community.
An original framework for analyzing and improving educational systems.
A central focus on leveraging “purposeful collaboration” of teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators.
Examination of an effective graduate program for developing teacher leaders, including lessons learned.
Practical strategies and vignettes of teacher leadership in practice.
Marcus Conyers and Donna Wilson are developers of graduate degree programs focused on brain-based teaching and teacher leadership with Nova Southeastern University and are founders of the Center for Innovative Education and Prevention. They are authors of numerous articles and 20 books including, Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice with Teachers College Press.