The purpose of the Teacher Leader Academy is to build teacher and/or academic coach leadership skills, K-12 content-area expertise, innovative instructional practices and effective professional learning designs to impact student learning and achievement. Teachers will be chosen based on this comprehensive and competitive application process focusing on grade-level expertise, district needs, potential for teacher leadership, and principal recommendation. Dr. Russ Quaglia and Dr. Lisa Lande will be guiding the sessions in conjunction with content area supervisors to increase Teacher Voice and Student Voice in the TLA classroom. Sessions will include understanding the dynamics of student voice and aspirations, voice and vision: using data to inform decisions and directions; ensuring a sense of self-worth for your students; cultivating engagement; and having a sense of purpose and teacher voice. Teacher Leader Academy Graduates from 2015-2016 are asked not to apply in order to expand the outreach of this group.
Participants are making a commitment to attend all of the following dates: 5/31/16, 6/6-6/9/16, (and will be paid a total stipend of $500 for their off contract work during the summer) 9/08/16, 11/17/16, 02/08/17, and May 2017 (exact date TBD). With the exception of a 1/2 day class on 5/31/16 and May, 2017, all classes will be from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. During school days, the district will pay for substitutes if needed.