What is a Backbone Teacher?
A small but growing group of educators* argue that meaningful education reform requires leadership from within the teaching profession, by teachers who take responsibility for their own development and for educational improvement. In China, such teachers are known as backbone teachers. They are identified early in their careers and nurtured to become leaders who model effective practices, mentor novice teachers, and conduct inquiry into classroom teaching and learning.
* e.g., Berry, 2011; Cochran Smith & Lytle, 1999