Unleashing Teacher Leadership with Joshua Barnett

Dr. Joshua Barnett is CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), a national nonprofit based in Phoenix, AZ which has trained over 35,000 teacher leaders across the country. Josh's research work throughout his career has explored how to improve educator quality in all schools for all students by addressing two related issues: examining how teachers and principals are evaluated and how resources are distributed to and used within schools.

He is author of Unleashing Teacher Leadership: A Toolkit for Ensuring Effective Instruction in Every Classroom, a co-publication of ASCD and NIET.

We talk about:
  • The current state of teacher leadership
  • Know-how, will, and perceived capacity – how they relate to leadership opportunities
  • What are the problems teacher leadership is designed to solve?
  • Formal vs. informal – whether it matters and why
  • Key competencies of an effective teacher leader
  • Components of effective teacher leader development
  • How a strong teacher leadership structure benefits school leaders, teachers, and students
  • What changes will we see in education with better teacher leadership?
Get Unleashing Teacher Leadership from ASCD or wherever you get your books. 

About today’s guest
Joshua H. Barnett is chief executive officer of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), a not-for-profit organization that has trained and supported more than 30,000 teacher leaders over 20 years. He works with NIET partner districts, states, and higher education institutions to improve educator effectiveness and student learning by investing in teacher leadership as a lever for change and creating the systems and structures that enable teacher leaders to be successful.

His work supports teachers to develop leadership skills, take on new leadership roles, and contribute to the improvement of teaching and learning in their school and district. Barnett earned his doctorate in education at the University of Arkansas. Follow him @NIETjbarnett and learn more about NIET at https://www.niet.org 

About the host
Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano or LinkedIn 

I also host Sideline Sessions, a podcast for coaches and parents of student-athletes. The show features conversations with coaches and performance experts in the NFL, NBA, NCAA, Olympics, and more. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3Rp0QGt 

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Creators and Guests

Ross Romano
Ross Romano
Co-founder of Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies. Strategist, consultant, and performance coach.
Josh Barnett
Josh Barnett
Chief Executive Officer, @NIETteachAuthor of Unleashing Teacher Leadership: A Toolkit for Ensuring Effective Instruction in Every Classroom
Unleashing Teacher Leadership with Joshua Barnett