Author: Michele Back

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Michele Back on Teacher Leadership Through Advocacy

February 20, 2019

The ability to collaborate and advocate beyond the classroom and across stakeholders, from department chairs to administrators to parents, is a crucial teacher leadership skill, says Michele Back, assistant professor of world languages education at Neag School of Education. The critical shortage of world language teachers, she says, combined with the diminishing number of U.S. students taking world language courses, means that teacher candidates in this content area must be strong advocates for their own profession from the moment they step into the classroom.