Teachers21 is honored and excited to work with Kentucky educators to lead a five-month, statewide initiative: the Activating Teacher Leadership Institute (ATLI). Developed by Teachers21 in partnership with the Kentucky’s Network to Transform Teaching (NT3), this initiative is aimed at implementing teacher leadership models on a systems (school or district) level. This ambitious initiative is supported by a team of Kentucky-based regional coaches representing organizations including the Kentucky Department of Education, the Fund for Transforming Education, Hope Street Group, and the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning.
For the launch of this work, school or district-based teams of 3-5 educators (administrators and teachers) gathered in Lexington, KY in June to learn with Dr. Jill Berg and Dr. John D’Auria. Participants from a diverse group of schools and counties across Kentucky focused on how to strengthen school and district leaders’ abilities to identify, bolster and tap the leadership potential of their teachers and to understand how to support and align this leadership influence with school and district goals. Each team was charged with examining school data and identifying a learning gap that they wanted to address through teacher leadership. Each team will craft a specialized teacher leadership role or refine an existing one that will be focused on assisting educators to shift their practice in order to better meet the identified student learning gap. This project’s first phase will continue over a five-month period with the support of trained regional coaches who will continue to be supported by Teachers21 to assist teams in shaping and supporting these new teacher leader roles. The teams will then reconvene in October to share progress, learning, and ideas for next steps. Learning derived from this important initiative will help advance the networked improvement community (NIC) of educators collaborating to maximize the impact of accomplished teachers through teacher leadership as part of the Network to Transform Teaching, a national network established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Carnegie Center for the Advancement of Teaching.