International Black Sea University, Georgia

Natela Doghonadze, Ph.D. in Education Sciences Program Coordinator, Professor, Doctor. Scientific supervisor of 39 defended Ph.D. dissertations, author of 9 books in ELT and Education, and more than 200 articles. Teaching and research interests cover education, educational psychology, sociology and management, ELT and literature.

Title: Teachers as Educational Leaders

There is a certain contradiction between the student-centered approach to learning and the need in shared leadership, according to which each teacher, in order to perform his/her duties efficiently, at least sometimes needs to be a leader, both in the classroom and among colleagues. However, this contradiction is based on the misunderstandings dealing with teacher role in a student-centered classroom. The keynote speech will try to remove this contradiction and to define what it means for a teacher to be a leader.