Teacher Leaders: In the Classroom and Beyond

By Vivett Dukes & Byron Durias

#SafeSpaceConvos is a Twitter chat led and hosted by teacher and social justice advocate Vivett Dukes as part of the Caring Classroom movement. All are welcome to join the chat on alternating Mondays at 8:30pm ET. By giving space to honest conversation and dialogue, we can all come together to learn, grow, and co-construct solutions to pressing problems for students.

This #SafeSpaceConvos chat was co-hosted by Byron Durias, principal of Sanford Middle School in Sanford, Florida. Byron was named by ASCD as a 2017 Emerging Leader. He is also the co-creator of @BMEsTalk, a space on Twitter where Black Male Educators (BMEs) can connect and share their perspective on the profession. Thank you, Byron, for co-hosting this chat with Vivett!


Chat Highlights

Q1: Does your school or district openly discuss teacher leadership? How does your school or district define teacher leaders?


Q2: In your school or district, what structures and opportunities are in place to foster the development of leaders across a continuum from teacher leaders to school leaders and beyond?


Q3: A recent study indicated that the teacher workforce is not as racially diverse as the student population. What actions has your school or district taken to develop a pipeline of diverse school leaders—specifically from Black and Hispanic groups?


Q4: What barriers or bureaucracies in your school or district limit leadership development across a continuum of educators? What strategies do your recommend to address the barriers?



Q5: What can your school or district do more intentionally to build leadership capacity across the continuum of educators?


Be bold. Be authentic. Join #SafeSpaceConvos.

You’re invited to join the next chat on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 8:30pm ET.  You can also read through these archived chats for insights and resources from your peers.