Pathways to Teacher Leadership

Pathways to Teacher Leadership Emerging Models, Changing Roles

Marya R. Levenson, Foreword by Ann Lieberman
cloth, 176 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-655-5
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paper, 176 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-654-8
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Pathways to Teacher Leadership investigates emerging patterns in the development and effectiveness of teacher leadership.What roles do teachers pursue as they seek to lead change in their schools? What pressures and challenges do emerging leaders face? How can principals and peers support effective teacher leadership?


Teacher leaders can be key agents in building the capacity that public schools so badly need. Yet too often administrators and teachers are caught up in old ways of doing their work and fail to see what is possible. In Pathways to Teacher Leadership, Marya Levenson reveals a way forward by providing compelling cases of successful teacher leaders and a clear-eyed analysis of what it will take to realize their potential.
— Susan Moore Johnson, director, Project on the Next Generation of Teachers, and Jerome T. Murphy Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Marya Levenson’s new book brings fresh energy and ideas to building more creative, exciting, and successful learning communities. Her work makes it plain that she is one of us; she has lived the joys and frustrations of the classroom, and she recognizes the importance of collaboration in promoting richer ways of knowing for our students. Her meticulous research and approachable scholarship light the way for caring educators everywhere.
— Michele Forman, social studies teacher, Middlebury Union High School, Vermont, and National Teacher of the Year, 2001

Marya Levenson describes the many ways teacher leaders emerge and the relationships they must have with their principals and peers. She does an excellent job of marrying practice and theory. I shared several chapters with my executive team and we had joyful conversations about how her insights validated the many experiences we had with our own teachers as we observed them grow as leaders.
— Barbara Moore Pulliam, superintendent, Greene County Schools, Georgia

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About the Author

After several years as a community organizer with Mothers for Adequate Welfare, Marya R. Levenson began her educational career in 1971 as a ninth-grade history and civics teacher at the William Barton Rogers Junior High School in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). She was part of the team that created Madison Park High School, a magnet school, during Boston’s desegregation era. Active in the Boston Teachers Union, she served on the BTU executive committee. In 1979–1980, in her capacity as staff associate to the superintendent, Levenson initiated the first BPS Middle Schools Task Force.

Levenson earned her EdD in administration and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where she became the assistant director of The Principals’ Center. She was principal of Newton North (Massachusetts) High School from 1982 to 1990, and superintendent of the North Colonie (New York) School District from 1990 to 2001. She has served as president of the HGSE Alumni Council, a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, codirector of Public Schools for Tomorrow, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Harvard Education Letter. The New York State Council of School Superintendents recognized her service to students and schools in 1999, and in 2000 she received a Woman of Excellence award from the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Since 2001, Levenson has been the Professor of the Practice in Education and the Harry S. Levitan Director of Education at Brandeis University, where she received the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She has written about assessments, school change, and student expectations.

Marya R. Levenson is married to Andy Hawley; between them, they have three children with spouses, five terrific grandchildren, and a beagle.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ann Lieberman

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