Teacher leadership refers to a wide set of skills demonstrated by educators who continue to teach students but also have other roles within their own school and elsewhere: such roles may be formal with designated responsibilities, or more informal (as when teachers coach and interact with peers, parents, and the local community). However, leadership cannot be seen as the attitude and the role of a single teacher, and not even as the traditional vertical model (the primacy of the headmaster), but as shared leadership, which concerns shared responsibility and decision-making among the many “actors” – teachers, head teachers, students and parents – inside and outside a school community.

The UNESCO in The World Teachers’ Day (October 2020) has reminded, through its document Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future, that teacher leadeship is essential today as we live in the middle of many crises (the pandemic, world conflicts, migrations and climate changes), which have a great impact on teachers and their work.

Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the futureUNESCOConcept Note
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