Kickoff to the 2020–2021 New Teacher Academy

Engage. Educate. Empower.

Teacher leadership development is going virtual in the Cobb County School District.

The incoming class of teacher leaders kicked off Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Over the past five years, the Teacher Leader Academy (TLA) has been an integral part of teacher leader development, and Wednesday marked the beginning of this year’s cohort development and their being part of the rich history of the TLA program.

1) Teacher leader Academy resources; 2) Opening video slide for kickoff. 3) Jessica Sutton, Early Learning Advocate teacher leader
watching Dr. Ashley Kennedy give the opening welcome.

The purpose of the Teacher Leader Academy is to build teacher leadership skills, in K-12 content-area expertise, innovative instructional practices, and effective professional learning design.  Impacting teacher quality to positively influence student learning engagement and achievement is a primary goal the academy.  To achieve these desired outcomes, teacher leaders will participate in an immersive yearlong, job-embedded professional learning experience to build and sustain their teacher leadership capacity.

This year’s Academy is designed to accommodate our new learning environment and will be an innovative game play experience.  The TLA 2020: Change Agent Lab says it all for this year’s experience.  As Trudy Delhey, Social Studies Supervisor shared in the opening kickoff: “Change has been the order of the day, and these changes have inspired us to create unique and brilliant solutions to the challenges. Our theme this year is change. We want teacher leaders to think about the Teacher Leader Academy as a place, a virtual space where they are free to experiment with new ideas and ways of thinking and doing: a kind of change agent lab.”

We have all been challenged to reimagine teaching and learning.  Developing this learning experience has certainly stretched our team’s thinking, and we hope this will serve as a model for all teachers as we reimage the future of teacher leadership.

Congratulations again to the incoming class of the Cobb Teacher Leader Academy.  Cobb is truly the best place to teach, lead, and learn!

Watch the opening kickoff video here: TLA 2020: Change Agent Lab.


Stephanie Sanders, Supervisor
Professional Learning, Instruction & Innovative Practice

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