Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


Classroom teachers receive various forms of professional development throughout their careers with the intent of improving their teaching practices and ultimately, student performance. However, professional development can also have an impact on teacher leadership activities outside of the classroom as well. The purpose of this study is to assess whether professional development received from the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program has an effect on AVID elective teachers’ level of teacher leadership within their schools. Teachers from middle schools and high schools implementing, or planning to implement, AVID were examined in order to answer the following research questions: 1) Is teacher leadership affected by the quantity of professional development received from AVID Summer Institutes? 2) Is there a relationship between teacher leadership and teaching experience, as defined by the number of years teaching? 3) Are certain demographic variables, such as gender and level of education, associated with teacher leadership?