What motivates senior teachers to hold leadership positions, or what prevents teachers from doing so?





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Teacher leadership is a critical component of current school reform initiatives aimed at increasing student achievement. Among all teachers, senior teachers may offer the best hope we have to accomplish this task because of the skills they have accumulated over the years and the many leadership roles they have held. Leadership experience empowers teachers, which in turn leads to greater teacher efficacy, which then leads to high student achievement. I found a sense of responsibility to be the primary motivator, and lack of time to be the primary hindrance for senior teachers considering leadership roles. I believe that teachers should be compensated for the extra work they perform in leadership roles, but that money will never be a significant motivator. The primary motivator will be the recognition and public appreciation shown by administrators, parents, community members, and students for the dedications and professionalism of all teachers.

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