Teacher-Leaders wanted for national initiative

TEACHER-LEADERS WANTED

The Massachusetts Teachers Association, in collaboration with the National Education Association, the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Center for Teaching Quality, is seeking 25 to 30 MTA members to participate in the 2014-2015 school year pilot of the Teacher Leadership Initiative. The program will include educators from 10 states.

MTA members are invited to apply for the NEA Teacher Leadership Initiative Pilot Year Two. TLI is for educators aspiring to mobilize their leadership to help advance student learning, strengthen the teaching profession, and provide vision and direction to their association. The TLI partners will develop systems to support ongoing professional growth in instructional, policy, and association leadership.

The goal is for participating teachers to become leaders in the profession, with the knowledge, skills and core values to meet the demands of the teaching profession in the 21st century.

The Year Two participants, 300 will be selected nationwide, will participate in a comprehensive leadership training program. It will include a field-based leadership capstone project blending instructional leadership, policy leadership and union leadership. Participants will focus on four key policy areas: Common Core, School Redesign, Social Justice and Equity and Educator Evaluation. Much of the training will be online, with at least two face-to-face statewide meetings. The goal is for participating teachers to become leaders in the profession, with the knowledge, skills and core values to meet the demands of the teaching profession in the 21st century.

Nearly 200 participants from six states, including 17 from Massachusetts, are participating in the hugely success Year One Pilot. Year One participants will complete their capstone projects this coming fall.

Teachers selected will receive a stipend of $1,000 for completing their capstone project.

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Deadline to apply is August 20, 2014.