Opportunities for Teacher Leaders

Opportunities for Teacher Leaders

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Submit an idea for Teach to Lead - Columbus, Ohio. The 12th Teach to Lead Summit will be held in Columbus May 5-7. The focus of the summmonicait is "Innovation through Teacher Leadership." Learn more and submit an applicationdue March 30.

Nominate your principal for the Rohatyn Prize. The application process is now open for the $25,000 prize that goes to the principal of a "school that advances opportunities for students by positioning teachers to lead, learn, and thrive." The prize focuses on programs that reflect and help create a modern teaching profession. Examples include initiatives that have fueled collaboration, established mentorships, or strengthened "intervisitation." Applications close May 12..

Apply for an SEL grant. Education First seeks applications for teacher-led projects that foster social-emotional skills in students in grades PK-12. Their Innovation in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Awards will grant up to $5,000 to individual teachers or groups of teachers to implement the project in their classrooms and schools in the 2017-18 school year. Awardees will also have the opportunity to present their work to a group of national SEL practitioners, experts and advocates at a convening in October 2017. Learn more and download an application, deadline April 21.


Get a Master's Degree in Teacher Leadership. Mount Holyoke College is offering an opportunity for the second cohort of our Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership - Independent Schools program. The graduate programs are designed for working educators so they can balance life, career, and family responsibilities while pursuing a graduate degree. Participants can attend class sessions on campus or via video conference. Find out more about the classes and application process.

Attend ACSD's Empower17. ASCD is offering teachers 20% off of registration for their Empower17 Conference in Anaheim, California, March 25 - 27.  On Saturday, March 25, at 1:00 PM, Emily Davis will lead a special session on ASCD Teacher Impact Grants. There teachers will learn how educators have obtained funding and support for teacher-led, administrator-supported ideas, programs, or initiatives. Register. To get your 20% discount, enter code TEACH20.



Join the #TPOfficeHour. This week's Teaching Partners Office Hour chat features Michael Dunlea (New Jersey Finalist 2012) in dialogue with educators about how professional learning is transforming student learning. Join the chat at 9:00 PM ET Thursday.

GTL Center Teacher Leadership Webinar: Tools and Strategies for Putting Your Ideas into Action. The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) is hosting a webinar aimed at helping schools and districts assess readiness for teacher leadership initiatives. Amy Traynor (Wisconsin 2010) is one of the presenters. Participants will emerge with ideas and actionable strategies for successfully designing and implementing teacher leadership initiatives that achieve their intended outcomes. Wednesday, March 15 ~ 3:30-5:00 PM ET. Register.

Busting School Bureaucracy: Thursday, February 24 - 4:00-5:15 PM ET.

Join us at the American Enterprise Institute for AEI's Washington, D.C., release of "The Cage Busting Teacher," an online curriculum to help equip teachers to break through school bureaucracy and make decisions that best serve their students.

The event will be live-streamed. Josh Parker (Maryland 2012) and Peggy Stewart (New Jersey 2005) will serve as panelists. Rick Hess will moderate, and other panelists include Wendy Uptain (Hope Street Group) and Dianna Wentzell (Connecticut State Department of Education).

Register or watch through streaming. Join the conversation on social media using #cagebusting and #teachersleading.

Support Graduate Research. Joe Craft, a graduate student at Columbia International University, has asked for our help with his study on teacher effectiveness. If you are a State Teacher of the Year from 2009-2017, please consider taking his 38-question survey from now through March 2. Questions? Write to [email protected].

Product Testing. Renaissance Learning is looking for 3rd-8th grade reading and math teachers to participate in a series of two 90-minute in-person research activities. They are seeking your feedback to ensure that their new products are helpful, efficient, and easy to use. For your participation, you will receive up to $200 in Amazon Gift Cards ($100 per session). If interested, complete the following 5-minute survey. Get more information.

Win a $20,000 Grant. The 2017 LRNG Innovators grant competition is now accepting applications to fund projects that "actively help youth discover interests connecting the spheres of their lives, both in and out of school." A team of teachers can apply for the grants. The deadline for applications is March 16, 2017.

Earn Money Moonlighting for edTPA. Pearson is hiring edTPA scorers for work after regular school hours. They are looking for PK-12 educators who teach a wide variety of content areas to work at home scoring edTPA portfolios. Check out the website regarding the scoring positions and qualifications.

Teach Plus is asking teachers to take their poll about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Donors Choose has launched a program allowing teachers to request "life essentials" for their students, including food, personal hygiene products and warm, clean clothes.

Empowered to Lead Symposium: Cultivating Cultures of Empathy and Growth. April 27 8:30-3:30 PM - Uncasville, Connecticut ~ Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Hosted by the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council.

E2Lead provides opportunities for educators to enhance their collective power, expertise and experience. This event includes inspiring speakers and networking opportunities. Interactive sessions throughout the symposium promote the sharing of ideas and resources, innovative strategies and solutions, collaborative discourse and best practices to elevate the teaching profession.

Speakers include: Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Dr. Marc Brackett; 2016 National Teacher of the Year and 2016 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes; 2017 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Lauren Danner; Connecticut Commissioner of Education Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell; NNSTOY CEO and President Katherine Bassett; NNSTOY Director of Professional Learning Peggy Stewart; 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year Megan Allen.

Learn moreRegister. Questions? Interested in presenting? Email [email protected].

National Board Scholarships. To the 2015 STOYS who have not already taken advantage of scholarship funding to pursue National Board Certification -- there is still time! The registration and payment deadline for the 2016-17 assessment year was recently extended to February 28, 2017. Find more information, including next steps for STOYs.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education is offering an online course in Culturally Responsive Literature Instruction February 27 - March 12, 2017. Tuition: $149 per person.

Opening at NNSTOY.  NNSTOY is currently searching for the right person to fill a new position as our Director of Partnerships. Learn more on our website.

Christian Science Monitor EqualEdPoll. The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) is looking for educators to participate in an advisory committee on education equity that they are calling the EqualEdPoll. This your opportunity to share your thoughts with a national audience and help shape public opinion.

Participants will take a brief (less than 10 minutes) survey once a month. The survey will include one multiple choice question and a place to leave thoughts, either anonymously or quotable. Results will be used to help CSM readers be informed about what thought leaders are saying around the major issues in education. If you participate, your name may be featured on a webpage with a short bio. If you are interested, please send an email to Katherine Bassett using the subject line that reads "CMS Advisory" to [email protected] no later than Friday, January 13.

Join the U.S. Department of Education as a School Ambassador Fellow. The Department's 2017-2018 School Ambassador Fellowship application is now open, and the deadline has been extended until February 6 at 11:59 PM ET.

Nominate a teacher for the Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize. This annual award supports the leadership of teachers who continually work to improve their practice through action research. The School of Management (SOM) Education Leadership Conference is seeking applications from educators who are trying new lessons, modes of content delivery, or types of activities to improve student outcomes. The application deadline is March 3, 2017. Learn more.

Apply for a Carnegie Networked Improvement Fellowship. The 2-year, salaried Fellowship is open to applicants who are interested in enhancing their education careers by learning and applying Improvement Science approaches and methodologies within Networked Improvement Communities.

Fellows will engage in an intense program that combines training and practical experience. This will include a mix of improvement science, network initiation and development, and facilitation skill development. Learn more.

Gates Webinar Thursday, January 19 Noon PT -- What Teachers Care About: Understanding Changing Teacher Narratives. Two years ago, the Gates Foundation funded research looking at teacher narratives about everything--their classrooms, the profession and the education system. Ten narratives emerged, which are explored in a new report and an upcoming webinar. Join the webinar.

Join the NNSTOY Facebook Group. If you are a State Teacher of the Year, a Finalist or a State Coordinator, you are missing out if you are not connected with us on the NNSTOY Facebook Group. Sign up not to get important notices, post your news and gain great ideas and resources from colleagues. Ask to join the group (the answer is YES!) or email laurie@nnstoy, who can hook you up.


Catch up on the Inward and Onward webinar series. View Session #2, Creating Equitable Classrooms, and peruse the presentation deck on the NNSTOY website.

Present at our 2017 National Teacher Leadership conference. Applications due January 16 at 5:00 PM ET

Join a Facebook Q&A about the future of the White Huse Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will answer your questions about the future of education fo r students of color in an Education Post hosted Facebook Q&A. Tonight, Tuesday, December 6 ~ 7:30 PM ET.

Share your StoryCorps videos. If you or your class participated in the toryCorps Great Thanksgiving Share, please remember to:

  1. Remind your students tag interviews with the keyword "NNSTOY" or "National Network of State Teachers of the Year" 
  2. Share your favorite student stories (and classroom photos) with the StoryCorps production team by emailing them to [email protected]. Every year a few get chosen to be produced for radio!
  3. Contribute to the NNSTOY community by sharing your story with the NNSTOY communications team at [email protected]

Catch up on KNOW YOUR POWER: Engaging with State Policymakers About Teacher Shortages. View the video archive of our November 15 webinar presented by NNSTOY Education Policy Advisor Jane West and Allison Riddle (Utah 2014). Download the presentation deck.

Participate in ESSA Educator Research. In partnership with NNSTOY, the Collaborative for Student Success has developed a survey to understand what teachers think about ESSA. If you are a current classroom teacher, we invite you to take part in this online survey. The survey will take 30-45 minutes to complete, and all participants may choose to share their name and email address to enter for a chance to win the gifts listed below. Take the survey.

  • iPad Pro ($599 value, 1 prize available)
  • $100 Amazon gift card (2 prizes available)
  • $50 Amazon gift card (4 prizes available

Send us your testimony for the Fundraising Campaign. Share with us your one-to-three sentence testimony about why you value being part of NNSTOY. Send to [email protected].

Post your unique NNSTOY story to Facebook or Twitter. Take your picture and post a message in your Twitter feed or on your Facebook page telling friends and colleagues why you support NNSTOY during our Annual Giving Campaign. Don't forget to include the URL for our donation site:  https://secure.donationpay.org/nnstoy./ 

Join an Important Conversation abut STEM Teacher Leadership. December 6 ~ 7:00-8:00 PM ET. The conversation is hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, SRI Education, and Policy Studies Associates. Panelists include members of Math for America, Educate Texas, and the Utah Department of Education. Register.

Nominate a Teacher for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Teaching. Besides being a State Teacher of the Year, the Fishman Prize is one of the most highly respected awards a teacher can receive. Four winners will participate in a thought-provoking summer residency with their peers, reflecting, writing and sharing their voice. Each winner also receives a $25,000 award. Learn more (TNTP).

Inclusion, Equity and Opportunity Twitter Chat sponsored by #TeachersAtED November 15 ~ 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET.

Join the NNSTOY Communications Committee. If you are interested in being part of a team that helps NNSTOY communicate with members, other teachers and stakeholders, please contact Laurie Calvert ([email protected]). We are looking for energetic people who have ideas and interest in supporting our members, our work and our organization through both traditional and nontraditional means. Time commitment to be on the committee: one-hour monthly call and some social media posting throughout the month.

Teach to Lead Inclusion, Equity Summit & Opportunity Summit, December 2-4, Chicago, Illinois. Get more information and submit an idea.

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership is accepting original articles related to teacher leadership advocacy, professional development in K-12 education. Submissions are accepted through October 31. Submission guidelines.

Share Your PD Truth. The NEA, Corwin and Learning Forward want to know how professional learning impacts your teaching and your students' learning. They are asking educators to take a survey that helps industry leaders understand how your professional learning aligns with the Standards for Professional Learning. The survey takes 20-25 minutes and must be complete by October 31.

Paid Opportunity for Online Coaches. The NEA is offering paid positions for online coaches who will work with early career teachers in Early Career Learning Labs. Coaches will help teachers unpack and learn around problems of practice through a 6-8 week learning-cycle process. Coaches are expected to spend 4-6 hours per week on this work. This position will pay $3000 for this pilot school year. Apply by October 24. Direct questions to Ann Nutter Coffman ([email protected]) or Maddie Fennell ([email protected]).

(NNSTOY Webinar) Giving Students the Floor: How to Turn Your Classroom Upside Down to Promote Innovation and Creativity. Featuring students and teachers at Effingham (Illinois) High School. Tuesday, October 25   8:00-9:00 PM ET  Register.

Walden University Scholarships. One of the benefits of being a State Teacher of the Year in 2015 or 2016 is that you qualify to receive a full-tuition scholarship for an advanced degree from Walden University. To receive this gift, follow the process outlined on the Walden webpage. This year Walden is also offering five full-tuition scholarships to STOYs whose year of recognition was prior to 2015. Review the process to apply for one of these scholarships on the NNSTOY webpage. Hurry, as applications are due by Saturday, October 15. Applications can be sent directly to [email protected]

View the "Power and Privilege" Webinar.  Watch the archived September 27 webinar about Equity in the Classroom on YouTube and check out the presentation deck on the the NNSTOY webpage.

Mount Holyoke Programs in Teacher Leadership has a new Facebook page!

The University of Delaware is offering an online Master of Education in Teacher Leadership.

Wear Orange. Wednesday, October 19 is Unity Day Against Bullying. Show you are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Webinar, The Shifting Paradigm of Teaching: How Lessons from the Classroom Inform System Design, Tuesday, October 11 AM, Knowledge Works

Collaborate with #MindblowingSTEM. Starting on September 28, 100Kin10 in partnership with The Teachers Guild, will launch an active STEM collaboration. Participants will have a chance to be guided through a design process, coached by other teachers and mentored by industry leaders as they develop new and better solutions for their students. Sign up to learn more.

The Global Education Forum (October 13-15, Philadelphia, Pa.) provides educators with an opportunity to engage in a critical conversation between K-12 and higher education educators about how best to prepare students for a global world. Educators from around the world discuss best practices and promising programs and research. Through a series interactive formats, participants will explore how to prepare students to be globally competent, review trends and best practices in teacher and leadership development, and develop strategies for teaching and assessing critical 21st century skills.

Chat with Global Educators Wednesday. Join the #TeachersLeading Twitter Chat September 14, 8-9 PM ET. This month's topic: What does it mean to be a global educator?

Apply to Attend DC Teach to Lead Summit (Deadline Extended). The folks at Teach to Lead have changed the application deadline for the November Teach to Lead Teacher Preparation Summit and eased up on the team requirements a bit. Any member of a team can now submit the application by September 15. Team participants must now only include:

  • An active classroom teacher
  • A representative from a College or University teacher preparation program
  • A current teacher candidate from that teacher preparation program

The other two team members can be any stakeholder the team feels is appropriate to move the idea forward.

Webinar: Taking Your Educational Leadership to the Next Level, Featuring Microsoft Sway and Docs.com. Tuesday, September 13, 8:00-9:00 PM ET. Register.

Webinar: Power and Privilege: A Conversation About Equity in the Classroom. Tuesday, September 27. Register.

Teaching Partners Office Hour hosted by 2010 Florida State Teacher of the Year Megan Allen. Tonight, September 8, 9 PM ET on Twitter. Topic: How to develop a community of learners in the classroom. Use #TPOfficeHour. Check out the Weekly Wall on the topic.

Relief for Flood-Ravaged Louisiana Schools : How Educators Can Help Restore Classrooms.
More than 200,000 students were out of school immediately following the flooding that devastated Louisiana. According to a Politico interview with state education chief John White, roughly 70,000 will remain out of school until after Labor Day.

Educators can help Louisiana teachers replace classroom supplies at the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (where Louisiana teachers can also request assistance) and through Donors Choose.

StoryCorps and the Great Thanksgiving Listen. This school year, NNSTOY is once again partnering with StoryCorps to bring you The Great Thanksgiving Listen

(TGTL), a national education project based on a simple idea: find an elder you love and interview them about their life.

Download the StoryCorps App to record and archive your interview in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, where it will become an invaluable resource for future historians and provide families with a priceless piece of history. Last Thanksgiving, over 100,000 Americans participated across all 50 states to capture the voices of an entire generation in a single weekend. This Thanksgiving, empower your students once again to make history with their loved ones.

NNSTOY teachers are invited to access an advanced copy of the 2016 TGTL Teacher Toolkit, by joining the new StoryCorps in the Classroom

Teacher Facebook Group; a forum to share best practices, classroom content, and ask questions directly to StoryCorps staff.

Walden University Scholarships for STOYs. One of the benefits of being a State Teacher of the Year in 2015 or 2016 is that you qualify to receive a full-tuition scholarship for an advanced degree from Walden University. To receive this gift, follow the process outlined on the Walden webpage.

This year Walden is also offering five full-tuition scholarships to STOYs whose year of recognition was prior to 2015. Review the process to apply for one of these scholarships on the NNSTOY webpage.

Applications are due by October 15, 2015. They can be sent directly to [email protected].

Wear your NNSTOY digital badge proudly! If you are an NNSTOY member, you can highlight your membership with this nifty digital badge. Use it the signature line in your email signature and on your social media pages. To get one, email a request to Joe Fatheree: [email protected].

Submit a Teacher Prep Idea to Teach to Lead DC. Do you have a great idea to bridge the gap between teacher preparation and classroom practice? Submit your idea for the upcoming Teach to Lead Teacher Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. November 3-4. The summit will focus on teacher preparation programs, and how to leverage teacher leadership to strengthen such programs through collaborating, problem solving and developing action plans. Learn more and submit an idea by September 13.

Join Us for a Cup of Virtual Coffee.  The Teachers Leading Coffee House Facebook page has a number of interesting virtual conversations going. Join the Facebook group and check out responses to questions posed b Joe Fatheree (Illinois 2007)What one thing are you looking to improve upon as a classroom teacher this year? and Barbara LaSarancina (New Jersey 2001) When did/do you know it's time to leave the classroom to pursue other roles in education?

While you are at it, check out the updated banner on our Teachers Leading Facebook page. To support the organization and each other, SHARE posts that you like regularly on your Facebook page.

Join the 2017 Conference Committee Team. We have already begun planning our 2017 national conference and are gearing up for an amazing experience in Washington, DC, July 15-18. (We are even considering extending the event to July 19 for a Day on the Hill!)

Now that have two co-chairs in place, Daniele Massey (DoDEA 2013) and Julia King (Washington DC 2013), we need your help!

The conference team depends on sub-committees to make decisions and to plan just about everything: theme, strands, keynote speakers, concurrent session speakers, meal choices, social outing, service projects, gifts for presenters! The sub-committee structure makes the work manageable and keeps our meetings focused and brief.

Members of the conference planning committees meet virtually for one hour a month from August through March. Beginning in April, the meetings take place twice a month.

If you are interested in helping to guide and plan our next conference as a member of conference planning committee this year, please send a note to Jessica Hansen at [email protected].

We will hold our first meeting within two weeks, and we are eager to get started! If you served on past conference planning committees, we welcome you back with open arms. If you have not, please consider joining us in this unique new opportunity to contribute to the success of this exciting event.


Join Charlotte Danielson and the Danielson Group at a 2016 conference to explore collaborative professional learning. Attend for one, two or three days to elevate your Framework for Teaching Practice August 2-4 at the College of New Jersey (Ewing, N.J.) or October 6-8 at Northern Illinois University (Naperville, Ill.). Read the brochure.

Write for Wisewire. Wisewire, a new education marketplace with a free technology-enhanced platform, is seeking STOYs to serve as guest contributors this summer for their upcoming blog launch. Guest bloggers will be paid for writing about topics they are most passionate about and to share their best strategies and success stories with other teachers. If you are interested in sharing your talents with a new community, contact Lisa Doehnert, Learning Product Leader, ([email protected]) and copy Laurie Calvert at NNSTOY ([email protected]).

Apply for the Discovery Award of Unsung Heroes (Deadline Extended to July 1). The Discovery Award honors students who devote themselves to sharing the stories of Unsung Heroes in order to hold up positive examples of leadership to their peers and inspire their communities. Students may submit projects in the form of a documentary, performance or website. They must also include an annotated bibliography and a 500-word process paper. Educators now have extra time to get their project in for a chance to win this year's $7,500 grand prize. Review the guidelines.

Educators Earn Grant Money. The Collaborative for Student Success, a nonprofit organization working to improve public education through a commitment to high standards for all students, is seeking applications for its Teacher Champion Fellowship from educators (including principals and district-level employees) in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Teacher Champions receive professional development around communications, legislative engagement, media interaction, and more. They also receive a $5,000 grant to work with teachers and local organizations in their states to educate and inform all shareholders about the need for and benefit of high, consistent state standards and high-quality assessments. To learn more, email Katrina Boone at [email protected]. There is no formal application process.

Take a New Teach Plus Policy Course Online. Learn how to get your voice heard in education policy decisions that affect you and your students! Teach Plus' new online course, "What Teachers Need to Know to Influence Policy Decisions," equips teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to advocate for impact.  The five module-course includes a comprehensive overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which is driving major state-level policy decisions. Teachers need to be at the table! The FREE course launches July 7. Watch a preview and sign up.

Submit an idea for Teach to Lead Long Beach (Calif.). If you have a great idea that you need help developing, consider applying to the Teach to Lead Summit in Long Beach, Calif., September 24-25. To attend, submit an idea by July 25. If your idea is chosen, you may bring a team of up to five people for a weekend designed to help your team develop the idea into an action plan. You will work with a critical friend from a supporting organization who has the experience to help you ask and answer some of your toughest questions and push your thinking. Teach to Lead provides lodging (if more than 50 miles from hotel), some meals and full registration.

Participants must:

  • Have an actionable teacher leadership idea.
  • Pay for or obtain sponsorship for travel.
  • Have at least one practicing classroom teacher on the team.
  • Commit to taking implementation steps following Summit participation.
  • Be available to attend the entire summit (8:00 AM Saturday through 12:30 PM Sunday).

STOY Volunteers Needed for Teacher Perceptions on State Education Policy Research

Megan Allen is beginning her doctoral research and is looking for STOYs to participate in her study. She has provided us with the following information:

We are looking for STOY volunteers for a research study on teacher perceptions on state education policy. Approximately 1 hour interview and the possibility to impact your profession! Please contact Katherine Bassett ([email protected]) and Megan Allen ([email protected]) for more information.


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