Professional Development: 2015 Teacher Leadership Initiative
Teacher Leadership Initiative
Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
Are you ready to take hold of your career, learning to lead in matters of practice and policy?
Do you ever find yourself thinking, “If more teachers were leading, then…”—and wishing you were one of those teachers?
Are you eager to make a difference beyond your classroom—but not sure where to begin?
Who? Through the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI), the National Education Association (NEA) is partnering with the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) to support 300 teachers across 14 sites in advancing as leaders in the profession. TLI is designed for teachers—like you—who want to expand your impact by building your knowledge and skills and then activating your leadership through a culminating capstone experience.
What? You will engage with other TLI participants through an interactive curriculum designed and facilitated by other expert teachers. All participants will begin by identifying on your passions, strengths, and interests as teacher leaders through the Innovative Teacher Leadership curriculum. You will then delve deeply into one of four content strands: (1) Common Core, (2) School Redesign, (3) Social Justice and Equity, or (4) Teacher Evaluation. Background readings and reflective activities will provide the foundation for these curricula.
When, Where, and How? This learning will take place primarily on CTQ’s Collaboratory virtual platform through discussion threads, webinars, and video conferences (approximately two to three virtual meetings per month). You must not be a tech expert to participate; however, a basic comfort level with technology and willingness to learn is key. A minimum of three face-to-face meetings will also be scheduled throughout the 2015-16 school year. These will not be traditional “sit-and-get” workshops.
Why? Once you have successfully completed TLI, you will be on the path to using your leadership experiences to help advance student learning, strengthen the teaching profession, and provide vision and direction to the association through your capstone project. In addition, the partners will develop systems to support your ongoing professional growth in instructional, policy, and association leadership.
Interested in joining this pilot experience? Apply now!
Participants who complete their capstone project will receive a $1,000 stipend.