2 District MissionThe overarching mission of the Amory School District is to create opportunities for ALL students to achieve at the highest level possible.
3 5 THINGS EVERY TEACHER SHOULD BE DOING Designing lesson plans that require students to use Higher Order Thinking (HOT) skillsCreate opportunities to actively engage all students in each lessonMake good decisions about texts used in class, stressing thematic connections and text complexityUse effective questioning to create discussions WITH and BETWEEN studentsTeach the concept of argument in all content areas.
4 TLTYou have been hand-picked by your principals because of your expertise and leadership abilities.
5 THE NEED FOR TEACHER LEADERSHIP It is a concept whose time has comeThe best districts are districts in which teachers take initiative to help improve school and district-wide policies and programs, teaching and learning, and communication.
6 WHY DO WE NEED TEACHER LEADERSHIP Teaching is a flat professionTeachers often stay at a school longer than administratorsDemands on today’s principals are practically impossible to meetAdministrators have limited expertise in specific courses
7 THE TWO TYPES OF TEACHER LEADER ROLES FormalDepartment chairsMaster teachersInstructional coachesDuties-Manage curriculum projectsFacilitate teacher data analysis groupsConduct teacher training sessions
8 THE TWO TYPES OF TEACHER LEADER ROLES InformalEmerge spontaneously from teacher ranksTake initiative wherever help is neededNo positional authorityInfluence comes from the respect they get because of their expertise and practiceCall others to action and guide them in the accomplishment of the determined goal
9 CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE TEACHERS LEADERS Willingness to collaborate with othersGet colleagues to support vision and goalsBuild consensus among diverse group membersConvince others of the importance and need for the goalUnderstand process of gathering and using data
10 LEADERSHIP QUALITIESBe open-minded and respectful of others’ opinions and ideasEnthusiastic and optimisticPersistence, don’t allow setbacks to derail reaching the goalFlexibleAble to keep discussions on trackMake decisions and monitor progress
11 THREE AREAS OF INFLUENCE OF TEACHER LEADERS Within a department or specific teamAcross the schoolBeyond the schoolYou are doing more than teaching your students, you are also influencing the educational environment in your community and, possibly, the state and nation
12 CONDITIONS THAT PROMOTE TEACHER LEADERSHIP Safe environment for risk-takingAdministrators who encourage teacher leadersAbsence of the “Tall Poppy” syndromeCreate opportunities for the development of teacher leadership
13 PURPOSE OF THIS TEAM Gain Common Core expertise Spread Common Core expertise throughout the districtCommon Core implementationIncrease Student Achievement
14 TEAM NORMSBe at meetings and be on time. Plan to stay for the entire meeting. Appointments should be scheduled around meetings whenever possible.Prepare for meetings. Review materials given and be ready for next meeting so that we don’t waste timeCollaborate!!Take knowledge gained back to schools and help others put it into practiceBe a team player, even if it means agreeing to disagree at times
15 BINDERSGive out binders and discuss material to be covered at next meeting.Briefly discuss CCSS Anchor Standards, Math Practices, and appendicesSet next meeting date and time