All Children Can Learn…and All Teachers Can Lead

Teacher Leader (Pages 9-36)

Schools
Oakland Teacher

This essay by Roland Barth, published in February 2001, argues for the need for greater teacher leadership opportunities and greater teacher autonomy within a school system. He also considers the barriers to teacher leadership and the ways in which those barriers can be overcome.

“In the 1970s, Ron Edmonds introduced us to the ringing phrase “All children can learn.” Our profession has begun to take these words seriously, even believe them and act upon them. I would like to suggest an equally revolutionary idea: “All teachers can lead.”