The Leading Educators curriculum focuses on learning and employing the highest leverage skills that enable teacher leaders to have the greatest impact on their students, colleagues and schools. Centered on two core modules and two specialization modules, the curriculum ensures all participants develop common foundational skills while allowing flexibility to align with participants’ roles and interests. The program is furthermore differentiated for those participating individually or as part of a school team, providing actionable strategies to apply skills learned from Leading Educators sessions in a measureable impact back at school.
In the Developing Self Module participants set challenging personal goals, analyze strengths and weaknesses, and experiment with new behaviors to close the gap between their ideal and real selves. Daniel Goleman’s work in the realm of emotional and social intelligence serves as the conceptual underpinning of the Developing Self pillar. Leading Educators prioritizes the work of this module in order to foster self-aware, continuously improving individuals who work to support increasing achievement in student learning and teacher effectiveness outcomes.
Throughout the Driving Initiatives Module participants undertake the real work of managing change, making sound decisions, and planning and leading projects in order to drive increased achievement for students and the systems that educate them. Teacher leaders start this module by planning a course for individual, team and student achievement. This vision is then implemented and refined through continuous monitoring and evaluation. The Driving Initiatives module serves as a cumulative experience where teacher leaders identify and put into practice key learnings from the Leading Educators program to demonstrate their own mastery in driving meaningful change in their schools.
The Coaching Others Module is an in-depth study focused on learning, practicing, and implementing coaching skills and strategies. This module is ideal for teachers who have or will have a coaching role or for teachers who would like to incorporate coaching strategies in their leadership. Teacher leaders will practice and receive feedback on what they learn during sessions with their leadership coach and through video recordings of their coaching. The peer coaching practicum allows teacher leaders to take the coaching skills and strategies they’ve learned back to their schools and implement them with at least one colleague throughout the year.
The Leading Teams specialization supports grade level leads, department chairs, deans of culture, and other teachers who lead groups of their peers. Participants in this module begin by developing skills to lead an aligned and efficient school team, before shifting focus to professional learning cycles designed to empower their team members to support the team’s overarching student goal. By working to understand teammates, invest them in shared goals, and provide them with the development and support needed to reach those goals, teacher leaders can catalyze the creation of school-wide structures to drive student achievement.