Teaching is Leading – Inspiration from the UNE Online Education Department

"Students perform better when their leader is passionate about the craft and creates opportunities for them to express what they know."Leading from the classroom, outward

At CSU East Bay, in Hayward, California, I coordinated the “Urban Teacher Leadership Master’s Degree Program.”

The participants were teachers from some of the most challenging schools in the Bay Area. Many were products of those schools, and all had chosen to do “God’s work” every day and in any way that served students and families.

As I visited their classrooms over several years, I was inspired by the many ways they led from their classrooms outward.

Here are their big ideas:

•    Teachers lead by teaching well
•    Teachers lead by collaborating
•    Teachers lead through inquiry
•    Teachers lead by developing partnerships

The power of their ideas was recognized by the editors at Educational Leadership, and an article about the book was published. Here is the link to the blog entry,The Jazz Band Leader: https://inservice.ascd.org/educational-leadership/the-jazz-band-leader/

– Michelle Collay



Collay, M. (2011). Everyday teacher leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Michelle Collay, Professor, UNE Online


About Michelle Collay

Michelle Collay is a professor in the Department of Education. A former public school music teacher, she is a scholar-practitioner who integrates teaching and scholarship in higher education and PK-12 settings. Her research interests include teacher professional socialization with attention to how life experience shapes teachers’ professional identities.

Collay has worked as a school leadership coach in urban and rural settings, with school leaders engaged in developing professional learning communities. She continues to study constructivist teaching, leading, and equity-focused inquiry in the context of on-line, graduate education. Collay parents two teenagers and plays bassoon in community groups. More: http://www.une.edu/people/michelle-collay


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