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Teach to Lead Opportunity

May 6, 2016

Consider your team

This is an open letter to those who may be interested in attending a Teach to Lead summit with your colleagues. In July 2015 the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative sent a team to the DC Teach to Lead summit and it impacted the work work that MALI does in Maine arts education enormously. Please consider applying with a team to attend the next Teach to Lead summit being held in July in Minneapolis, MN. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

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On October 6th, 2014, Secretary Duncan and Ron Thorpe from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced that 31 organizations had pledged support to Teach to Lead. Since that time, we have added ASCD as a third partner and we have grown to over 88 supporting organizations. We are pleased that Teach to Lead will now be hosting our seventh Teacher Leadership Summit in Minneapolis, MN July 23-24, 2016.
 
At the Summits, educators from around the nation will work to collaborate, problem solve, and develop action plans to put their own teacher leadership ideas into action. Our hope is to attract the best teacher leadership ideas from exceptional educator across the country.
 
All educators are welcome to apply as individuals but we ask that you bring a team of up to 5 stakeholders (teachers, principals, administrators, school board members etc.) to make the best progress at the Summit. At least one member of your team MUST be a practicing classroom educator.
 
Idea submissions will be reviewed by a team of teachers. For those who receive an invitation to participate, registration, lodging for those traveling over 50 miles, and some meals are provided free of charge. You must cover your travel costs. You can submit an idea for the Summit regardless of where you live, but travel costs are not covered, so please keep that in mind when you apply.
 
The deadline for idea submissions for the Minneapolis Summit is 11:59 pm ET May 23, 2015 All idea submissions must be completed and submitted by this date and time..
 
As space is limited for each Summit, idea submissions will be reviewed, and invitations for participation, with registration details, will be emailed to those accepted. Please read the criteria below carefully before submitting your idea.
 
Idea Submission Requirements
 
Summit participants must:
• Have an actionable teacher leadership idea.
• Pay for or obtain sponsorship of your travel.
• Have at least one practicing classroom educator for your team.
• Commit to taking implementation steps following Summit participation.
• Be available to attend the entire Summit (8am Saturday July 23 through 12:30pm on Sunday July 24).
• There will be a reception Friday, July 22 that we strongly suggest you attend. We will have a strategic networking session and you will have an opportunity to meet your Critical Friend.
 
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.
 
You can find examples of action plans that were developed at previous summits using these links:
http://teachtolead.org/boston-action-plans/
http://teachtolead.org/denver-action-plans/
http://teachtolead.org/kentucky-action-plans/
http://teachtolead.org/summits/action-plans/dc-summit-action-plans/
http://teachtolead.org/summits/action-plans/wa-state-action-plans/
 
Click here (or cut and paste into your browser https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JSQF5DM)to submit your best teacher leadership idea by 11:59pm ET on May 23, 2015.
 
The Teach to Lead team will notify you if your idea is accepted for attendance by June 4.
 
Please contact the Teach to Lead educator engagement team with additional questions:
●     JoLisa.Hoover@ed.gov

●     Meredith.Morelle@ed.gov

●     Aman.Dhanda@ed.gov

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