The faculty is the heart of the school, and a tiered system of senior or leader teachers to help the faculty develop younger faculty is garnering support.
"The traditional understanding of public schools goes something like this: Teachers lead classrooms of students, while principals lead the teachers. In this model, the principal is an instructional leader, helping teachers become better through a combination of observation, coaching and feedback. Unfortunately, a principal can be spread thinly among multiple teachers. For novice teachers, this limited support is especially critical.
"One solution involves transforming experienced and talented teachers into teacher leaders, who provide coaching and mentorship to their less-experienced colleagues. That, briefly stated, is how Leading Educators approaches teacher leadership."--L.S. Hall, Inside Philanthropy