Engage. Educate. Empower.
Being a teacher leader is about teachers doing something and bringing people to it. This year’s cohort of teacher leaders are ready to amplify their voices and and empower their students to do the same.
As the fifth year of Teacher Leader Academy comes to a close, over 190 participants gathered at Burnt Hickory Church for the last session focused on Teacher Voice, Student Voice. Dr. Russ Quaglia and Dr. Lisa Lande of the Quaglia Institute emphasized the purpose of voice, which is the center of learning for participants. As part of the learning experience, teacher leaders engaged in developing their elevator speeches as a way of clarifying their voices. Many teacher leaders stated, “I have an intentional voice. I speak deliberately to empower my students,” and “I have an energetic voice.” Developing elevator speeches is just one of the personal growth moments for teacher leaders.
Other moments of professional growth emerged as Dr. Quaglia and Dr. Lande underscored how leadership and responsibility are driven by voice. “Being a teacher leader is about teachers doing something and bringing people to it. Genuine opportunities to lead means being part of the process, recruiting other people, understanding by doing, and not being afraid to say no.” Their learning culminated with Quaglia and Lande demonstrating ways teacher leaders could amplify their voices. The 2019-2020 class of teacher leaders will leave this year-long learning experience feeling empowered to employ innovative ways to change their practices to ensure that every student experiences success. Next stop – graduation. This class will graduate in April as a new cohort is received for next year.
Stephanie Sanders, Supervisor
Professional Learning, Instruction & Innovative Practice