Teacher “Quality” and Social Justice Leadership 
	Kristien Marquez-Zenkov, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
	Diane Corrigan, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
	Christina Brockett, James F. Rhodes High School, Cleveland, OH

This essay presents a notion of social justice- and leadership-oriented 
teacher “quality” upon which urban teacher preparation might be founded. 
Few current definitions and assessments of teacher quality consider the 
goals the authors identify as most important: activist-oriented traits 
and holistic evaluation methods of these characteristics. This paper 
includes a description of a Masters licensure program focused on this 
social justice concept of leadership and the portfolio assessment system 
used to determine future urban teachers’ implementation of this concept.    
Academic Exchange Quarterly Summer 2007 Volume 11, Issue 2
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