Call for Ideas: Teacher Leadership Summit (May 5-7)

Innovation Through Teacher Leadership Summit
May 5-7, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

Calling all educators! Submit an idea for our next Teacher Leadership Summit! As a supporting organization, we are pleased to announce that Teach to Lead will host its 12th Teacher Leadership Summit in Columbus, OH on May 5-7, 2017. This Innovation through Teacher Leadership Summit is open to applications with a deadline of Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Teach to Lead works to support teachers as valued experts in instruction and their students’ needs. This summit provides teachers and their supporters with time to collaborate, as well as skills and consultation, to incubate innovative ideas that can make a positive impact for students in their schools, communities, districts and states.

How do participants benefit from the Summit?

  • Develop a local idea into a complete plan for moving forward
  • Obtain the support of a dedicated “critical friend” from a supporting organization to advance your work
  • Build relationships with ASCD, National Board, United States Department of Education and many other supporting organizations
  • Be provided with:
    • Free registration
    • Hotel accommodations for two nights or parking*
    • Some meals during the Summit
      *Hotel will be provided free of charge for teams traveling more than 50 miles; parking will be provided for teams traveling 50 miles or fewer to the summit.

Who may submit an idea application?

  • Any educator with an actionable idea is encouraged to submit an application here.
  • Teams must have 2-5 members and must include at least one active teacher. Other key stakeholders (e.g. parent, student, community members, school and government officials) are encouraged.

What kind of idea submissions will be successful?
All submitted ideas must:

  • Allow teachers to lead from the classroom.
  • Identify an area of need or target a specific problem.
  • Develop and implement approaches that address the need or solve the problem.
  • Utilize teachers’ professional experiences and expertise.
  • Promote collaborative work among multiple stakeholders.
  • Seek to create systemic supports for teacher leadership.
  • Be viable in the local context and sustainable over time.
  • Be able to show measurable progress over time.

Submitted ideas may:

  • Focus on any level of change – the school, district, or state.
  • Be functioning at any stage of development - an emerging idea requiring input and buy-in from stakeholders; something currently being developed in collaboration with recruited stakeholders; or something that has been implemented which is ripe for improvement or expansion.

Submitted ideas highlighting innovative ideas to meet the needs of diverse populations of students are particularly invited. For example, ideas could - though are not required to – address areas like:

  • Instructional practice in fields such as career and technical education instruction, STEM or STEAM, world language development, or programs to address social-emotional needs;
  • Instructional delivery and creative partnering such as school/business collaboration on career readiness, school/college dual enrollment, virtual schooling, adult education options or vocational training; and
  • Management and leadership structures such as non-traditional scheduling models, cross-curricular instruction models, or distributed leadership efforts.

Click here (or cut and paste into your browser) to submit your most innovative teacher leadership idea by 11:59pm ET on Thursday, March 30, 2017! The Teach to Lead team will notify you if your idea is accepted for attendance by April 7, 2017.

Please contact the Teach to Lead educator engagement team with additional questions:
Amanda Barney
Emily Davis
Tami Fitzgerald