Author Robin Hummel makes an emphatic, persuasive plea for teachers to seize the reins of instructional leadership and take responsibility - even in the face of recalcitrant administrators and increasingly prescriptive curricula - for their own professional learning and growth. She makes the case for action research as a particularly potent professional development tool, and shows how it serves to liberate teachers from inertia and dependency.
Hummel, R. (2009). Leading Without Permission. Occasional Paper Series, 2009 (23). Retrieved from http://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2009/iss23/9