Teacher Leaders are educators who use their expertise to improve student learning by working outside the classroom in formal and informal ways to augment the professional skills of colleagues, to strengthen the culture of the school, and to improve the quality of instruction.
DASL staff collaborated with leaders from Kentucky, Ohio, Kansas, Alabama, and Delaware to develop a national curriculum for training teacher leaders and currently offers professional development based on this national curriculum.
Each course listed below contains 3 modules that DASL can use to help further develop your teacher leaders. Staff will meet with district and charter school representatives to customize the professional development based on school success plans.
DASL’s customized training is aligned to Learning Forward’s Model Standards for Teacher Leaders. These national standards define the roles and responsibilities of teacher leaders and DASL staff have been trained on the new standards by national experts at Learning Forward.
Summary of all Curriculum Modules
A. DEVELOPING AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE WHOLE SCHOOL
1. Understanding How Schools Work
2. Understanding Professional Responsibilities of Leaders
3. Developing a Deeper Understanding of Leadership
C. DEEPENING THE INSTRUCTIONAL CAPACITY OF COLLEAGUES
7. Designing and Implementing High-quality Professional Development
8. Recognizing, Assessing and Supporting Quality Instructional Practices with Colleagues
9. Program Evaluation on Teacher Leaders
D. LEADING SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
10. Developing and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities
11. Leading Change
12. Teacher Leader Research I
13. Teacher Leadership Research II
14. Promoting Equitable Schools for Youngsters and Families
The College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware is currently providing an M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership is for current teachers who want to:
- coach and mentor others
- leverage technology to foster collaboration
- systematically analyze data to identify students’ learning needs
- use data to identify appropriate intervention methods
- use the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of a teacher leader to effect institutional change from the classroom
- utilize knowledge of state, content-area, and core standards to develop effective curriculum and standards-aligned instruction
- promote equity and address diversity issues impacting the school community
The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership is a fully online 30-credit program that prepares classroom teachers to gain an understanding of school-based teacher leadership roles and responsibilities. The program is aligned to the National Teacher Leadership Standards (NTLS) developed by the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium. The ten, 7-week courses will be offered in a two-year cycle. Students can enter the program prior to any of the 7-week sessions (5 sessions per year). Students take one course per 7-week session and can complete the program in two years.