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Teacher Leadership Initiative


NEA, CTQ and National Board Launch National Initiative to Develop a New Generation of Education Leaders: 45 AEA Members Selected as Future Leaders
 
On January 7, 2014, the National Education Association (NEA), the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) announced the national Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI), a joint endeavor to develop a new generation of leaders within the teaching profession. 45 AEA members are among the 150 educators selected in six states representing Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Mississippi for the 2014 pilot year. Kudos to the AEA members selected to participate in this initiative:

 

Amy Ball

MADISON DIST CTA

Leigh Bondrole

DEER VALLEY EA

Danielle Brown

FT HUACHUCA EA

Eveline Bush

PARADISE VALLEY EA

Marlise Chandler

GLENDALE ELEM EA

Margaret Chaney

TUCSON EA

Benjamin Childers

MARANA EA

Sandra Cobos

CARTWRIGHT EA

April Coleman

PHOENIX UHSD CTA

Rosa Cordova

PARADISE VALLEY EA

Nichole Dirks

ROOSEVELT EA

Kathy Dong

SUNNYSIDE EA

Austine Etcheverry

DYSART EA

Lindsay Farr

MADISON DIST CTA

John Fife

AMPHITHEATER EA

Alejandrina Franco

ROOSEVELT EA

Martha Fridge

CHINLE EA

Heidi Garcia Santiago

PHOENIX UHSD CTA

Amber Gould

GLENDALE UNION EA

Katherine Helm

TEMPE ELEM EA

Laura Hendrickson

KYRENE EA

Vincent Herrera

CARTWRIGHT EA

Christine Kirchner

PAGE EA

Dawn Koberstein

CHANDLER EA

Beth Krueger

COLLEGE FACULTY ASSN OF PINAL CO

Kathie Lawrence

SIERRA VISTA CTA

Nancie Lindblom

MESA EA

Jaclyn Marchetti

CARTWRIGHT EA

Christine Marsh

SCOTTSDALE EA

Elizabeth Monroe

TEMPE SECONDARY EA

Shelly Moore

CARTWRIGHT EA

Jan Ogino

PEORIA EA

Katherine Paetz

ROOSEVELT EA

Steven Petoskey

BOUSE ELEM

Robert Purington

BENSON EA

Misha Quarles

LITTLETON EA

Paulina Razo

YUMA ELEM EA

Charles Renning

DEER VALLEY EA

Renee Rodriguez

CARTWRIGHT EA

Kelly Salvia

KYRENE EA

Terri Spangler

PHOENIX DAY SCHOOL

Sean Tessmer

PHOENIX UHSD CTA

Lauren Updegrove

SCOTTSDALE EA

Rena Weber

COMBS EA

Brandon West

CARTWRIGHT EA


 
TLI is a product of the organizations’ shared vision of teacher-leadership advancing the profession. The long-term goals of the TLI are:

 

  1. Define the foundational competencies of teacher leadership;
  2. Develop relevant experiences and supports to help teachers cultivate those competencies; and
  3. Activate teachers to be leaders for their profession as a result of their participation in this process.

“This initiative will ultimately develop expertise and engage thousands of teacher-leaders in leadership work in schools, with NEA affiliates, and in statehouses throughout the country – because every student should have the best possible educators in their schools,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “The program will prepare and support the next generation of our profession’s leaders to meet the demands of a 21st century teaching professional and ensure the success of their students.”
 
Participants will engage with an interactive curriculum designed and facilitated by other expert teachers. Their learning will take place on CTQ’s Collaboratory platform and in face-to-face meetings. Once teacher leaders have been prepared, TLI will mobilize their leadership to help advance student learning, strengthen the teaching profession, and provide vision and direction to the Association.  In addition, the partners will develop systems to support their on-going professional growth.
 
“The initiative will call on the voices and expertise of accomplished teachers,” said CTQ CEO Barnett Berry. “It’s time to blur the lines of distinction between those who teach in schools and those who lead them.”
 
“The National Board is proud to partner with NEA and CTQ on the Teacher Leadership Initiative,” said Ron Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board. “It is our strong belief that positive change in education must be driven by the profession and shaped by the invaluable experience of teachers working in classrooms. The TLI initiative marks an important milestone in our collective effort to elevate the profession.”
 
NEA is taking the lead within the education profession through TLI and a series of initiatives that put educators in positions of leadership within their practice. This summer NEA launched the NEA Master Teacher Project to recruit from among the best teachers in the country to document and share what makes them effective – 95 of the highest performing K-12 Math and English Language Arts Common Core teachers across the country were selected and awarded $15,000 to develop and share all of their lessons and practices with their fellow educators. Last month, NEA released a site built entirely for Common Core State Standards resources, now known as the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards in our state. Read more about the BetterLesson website on page 17. NEA has also partnered with Teach Plus to launch a selective fellowship that will empower solutions-oriented teachers, most of whom are in the first 10 years of their careers, to advise union leadership on teacher engagement and retention. As the education leader, NEA is aiming to empower teachers to lead, shape education policy, and prepare the next generation of teacher leaders.


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