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June 11, 2018
Some of Denver’s top teachers will get training to better help their colleagues
Data shows teachers like the approach and their students benefit from it.
October 10, 2017
Meet first Tennesseans in a new education leadership program for people of color
Organizers say the newest leadership development program is needed to better reflect the communities served by public schools, and convene diverse experienced leaders.
October 20, 2016
Former Tennessee Teacher of the Year joins Hopson’s leadership team
In a first-of-its-kind hybrid role, Karen Vogelsang will work part time in the district's chief of staff office, while teaching part time at Winridge Elementary School.
October 17, 2016
Teachers coaching teachers: Denver Public Schools wants tax money to expand program
A $56.6 million tax increase, or mill levy override, Denver voters will consider next month includes $9.8 million for that purpose.
July 27, 2016
Want to be a teacher leader in Tennessee? New guide offers a roadmap
The Tennessee Department of Education on Wednesday released its third annual guide to provide teachers with leadership opportunities.
October 1, 2015
Shelby County educator on being a U.S. Teaching Ambassador Fellow
In a Chalkbeat interview, Josalyn Tresvant McGhee shares what drew her to K-12 education and what she plans to do with her newest opportunity to represent teachers.
August 24, 2015
To keep top teachers, principals of struggling schools offer bigger paychecks
City officials won't yet release hiring data for the $4.9 million leadership program, but people at Renewal schools say it's working, with some limitations.
March 30, 2015
Rick Hess: ‘teacher leadership’ can and should be more than an empty phrase
Hess' new book is a guide to teachers who want to improve their schools.
March 11, 2015
Coaching model aims to help support teachers’ thinking
"The belief is that every teacher has experiences they can draw on to support them in making their own decisions," said Sarah Baird, who is leading the district's training in Cognitive Coaching.
February 11, 2015
DPS announces 32 new sites for teacher leadership program
Denver Public Schools announced today which 32 schools will be home to its "differentiated roles" program, which creates hybrid teaching-administration positions.
Teaching & Classroom
October 22, 2014
IPS approves $6,000 pay bump for 'teacher leaders'
The board narrowly approved the nearly $750,000 three-year contract, which includes $6,000 stipends for 24 teachers, as well as costs for one-on-one coaching and group professional development. The teachers selected for the stipends are a mixture of returning and new district teachers from Schools 14, 44 and 61.
November 15, 2012
In a change, city is steering aspiring principals off the fast track
Realizing that its strategies for stocking the city's ever-expanding supply of schools with excellent principals have fallen short, the Department of Education is launching new programs aimed at slowing down the transition from teacher to administrator. The largest of the new initiatives is the Teacher Leadership Program, aimed at developing leadership skills in hundreds of teachers who are still working in the classroom. Other initiatives are meant to prepare leaders to handle the special challenges of running middle schools and to capitalize on the leadership skills of principals who are already in the system. And a foundation that helped the city underwrite a fast-track principal training program is now paying for educators to earn degrees in school administration at local universities. "Most of our principal training work that we've done historically is focused on that last year before you become a principal," Chief Academic Office Shael Polakow-Suransky said. "It's the last step in the process, and what we've come to understand is that there [are] a lot of steps that happen before that in someone's career. ... We want to begin to do that kind of training." The new programs represent a strong shift away from the Bloomberg administration's early approach to cultivating school leadership at a time when the city is losing about 150 principals a year, even as it has ramped up new school creation. Together with existing programs, they are set to produce 134 new principals and engage 300 teachers this year, according to the department.
August 23, 2012
Some city schools look for support to boost teacher leadership
For many of the city's strongest teachers, moving up professionally means moving out of the classroom and on to jobs in school management, consulting, policy, or academia. That was the conclusion of a recent survey from the New Teacher Project on the challenges districts face retaining teachers who have hit their stride. The Department of Education is in the early stages of several experiments to encourage those teachers to stay in schools, offering higher-level professional development and sometimes higher pay. But some school leaders don't want to wait to give their teachers opportunities to improve their leadership practices. Enter the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education, a fledgling training program for teachers who have already demonstrated strength and commitment to the profession, but want to improve even more. For the past two years they have offered teachers around the country an intensive leadership training workshop tailored to the experiences of classroom instructors. This year, six city teachers joined a cohort of 50 in Chicago, for a two week long summer seminar series. The curriculum is split between teaching skills and leadership skills like public speaking and improvisation, and peppered with business school-style case study reading assignments, according to Deborah Levitsky, the program director. The idea is to help them to think deeper about non-supervisory leadership roles, such as grade-level team leaders and department chairs. The program runs for two years, with a winter weekend-long meetup and at-home reading and writing assignments.
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