Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

The Influence of Teacher Leaders in Education Policy Development
Louis L. Warren

This paper offers a discussion and rich information on teacher leader’s role in creating policy. Teacher leadership describes various phenomena in the arena of education. Informal and formal leadership roles, improvement processes, personal characteristics, professional development and other activities are linked to teacher leadership. There is a need to justify the roles of teacher leaders in the policy making processes in schools as a legitimate tool for enhancing school and teaching performance. Therefore, using various scholars' viewpoints, this paper will define various roles that teacher leaders play in the development of policy in school programs. The paper will first define teacher leaders and determine the importance of teacher leaders in policy making. Based on the findings teacher leaders play a vital role in policy making in schools due to their traits and roles that influence the school improvement programs.

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