I’m really excited about a new initiative for our county! We are working to develop teacher leaders to help make positive change in our district and focus on improving student learning. To help accomplish this goal, a team created The Teacher Leadership Academy (TLA). The TLA will be a year-long course with over 100 teachers participating from all grade levels, K-12. It will be a blended learning experience – combining online components with face-to-face meetings throughout the school year.
Since our numbers are so large, teachers are grouped into smaller teams based on grade level. Another great part of having larger numbers than expected is that I was asked to co-facilitate two teams. I’m pumped to be joining in this learning journey!
The Academy started with a kick-off during the last week of school. The energy in the room was indescribable. Even though teachers are typically exhausted at the end of the year, the buzz in the room was there. I left feeling energized and renewed.
Over the summer we are all reading “Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Helping Teachers Develop as Leaders” and interacting on our county LMS (called SCORE) for introductions and discussions.
There is a definite movement towards developing the capacity for teacher leadership to help improve teaching and learning for our students. I get excited thinking about all of the possible positive impacts from the TLA.
Here’s to a fantastic year of learning and cultivating teacher leaders!