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Teacher Leaders, Classroom Champions

How to Influence, Support, and Renew School Communities

Teacher leadership is not about doing more, it’s about doing what matters most. We can’t put more hours in the school day, but those hours can be used better to achieve goals for schools. The purpose of this book is to provide information that teacher leaders can act on right now.


  • Understand how prioritizing your own self-care will better equip you to positively impact student learning and achievement.
  • Discover low- and no-cost self-care ideas for teachers and administrators designed to help make meaningful, positive change.
  • Explore the dangers of stress in the classroom and in an educator’s personal life, and understand how this stress affects students.
  • Learn how to assess what you need, check in with yourself throughout the day, and act on what you learn.
  • Utilize reflection questions to help you think through which strategies worked—and which didn’t.
  • Let go of the expectations of perfection while practicing these self-care techniques and teacher wellness ideas.

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Chapter 1: A Closer Look at Teacher Leadership
Chapter 2: A Collaborative and Connected Culture
Chapter 3: Research and Professional Learning to Meet Student Needs
Chapter 4: Renewal and Improvement of Instruction and Student Learning
Conclusion: Advocates in the Classroom


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4



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