Growing Leaders Within: A Process toward Teacher Leadership will aid school administrators in the task of growing and empowering teacher leaders. The goal of growing teacher leaders is to grow a school culture of shared decision-making and collaborative leadership. It is through this transformation that teacher leaders help school administrators to create a laser focus on student success. The underpinnings of the book are based on academic research resulting in a seven-step process to growing teacher leaders, which is distinctive from other books about teacher leadership. Schools may have several teacher leader candidates, but it is the responsibility of the school administration to ensure that the right individuals are chosen to become part of the school's leadership team. The role of teacher leadership can be diminished if the wrong individuals are selected. In response to this, the book offers school administrators a research-based, pragmatic growth process that ensures the right teachers are chosen to enter the leadership ranks at any school. Growing and empowering teachers to be leaders is now critical in all schools.
Michael Coquyt, Ed.D., is currently an assistant professor of education at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He teaches primarily in the educational leadership graduate program. Coquyt also coordinates the curriculum and instruction graduate program. He has served as a superintendent, high school principal, and classroom teacher. He is the co-author of The Leader Within: Understanding and Empowering Teacher Leaders. Mike can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . He can also be found on Twitter at @MikeCoquyt. Brian Creasman, Ed.D., is currently superintendent of Fleming County Schools in Kentucky. He has served as an assistant superintendent, a high school and middle school principal and assistant principal, and an instructional technologist and classroom teacher. He is the co-author of The Leader Within: Understanding and Empowering Teacher Leaders. Brian can be reached at email@example.com. He can also be found on Twitter at @FCSSuper.