Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Teach to Lead Summit
invites local leadership ideas

Local educators are now being asked to submit their leadership ideas for the Illinois Powered by Teach to Lead Summit.

Teach to Lead is a cooperative venture of the U.S. Department of Education, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, designed to bring about change in the culture of schools. They believe this can best occur when teachers are allowed to take a central role in developing policies that impact their work.
Teach to Lead will help to host the summit on April 24 in Bloomington.

“Teach to Lead has helped drive a national conversation on teacher leadership and helped teachers turn their leadership ideas into action,” according to summit organizers. “Educators from across the state will work to collaborate, problem solve, and develop plans to put their own expertise into action. Our hope is to attract exceptional educators from across the state to use teacher leadership as a vehicle to change the face of education.”

Teach to Lead, in collaboration with the Illinois Teacher Leadership Network, will host the Illinois Summit on April 24 in Bloomington. This will be the ninth event for the organization, which was created in 2014, and has held similar events across the nation.

Eligibility to attend the Summit requires participants to have an actionable teacher leadership idea, at least one practicing classroom educator on the team, and commit to taking steps to implement the proposal following the event. The criteria for submissions must identify an area of need or target a specific problem, develop and implement approaches to address that problem, promote collaborative work among stakeholders, create systemic supports for teacher leadership, be viable and sustainable in the local context, and, most importantly, allow teachers to lead from the classroom. The submitted ideas can focus on change at any level: the school, district, or state.

Submissions are due by March 1. All proposals will be reviewed by a group of educators that will decide which ideas best fit the intention of the Summit. Qualifying teams of stakeholders, which can include teachers, principals, administrators, and school board members, will receive an emailed invitation to participate at the Illinois Powered by Teach to Lead Summit.

The application form and accompanying survey are available here. Additional information about Teach to Lead can be found at their website, teachtolead.org