Part I – Teacher Leadership Goal: Demonstrate your understanding of teacher leadership and how it supports school improvement. Teacher leaders are important to a school’s success, and their role is becoming increasingly more involved as new school improvement initiatives are enacted. There are many facets to an effective teacher leader. Based on your learnings from this semester and your experience in the role or through interactions with others, describe what you believe a teacher leader is. Be sure not to simply list ideas and concepts discussed in class; rather, use the information to describe and illustrate your understanding and vision of what a teacher leader, and teacher leadership, is to you. You may include the following: Characteristics of the teacher leader Possible roles of the teacher leader Skills a teacher leader needs to have and examples of how these are critical Importance of communication in effective leadership Stakeholders a teacher leader may need to address and ways to do so What sets these individuals apart from your traditional educator Why is teacher leadership critical to a school’s success in education today How can teacher leaders help improve student, adult, and system outcomes Examples or experiences from your career to help illustrate teacher leadership (e.g. case study).
Part II – Reflection on Educational Philosophy Goal: Demonstrate your learning from the semester in a final reflection which evidences how your understandings, perspectives, and philosophy on education has changed since the start of the course. Include in detail these changes and what specific conversation, reading, resource, or experience caused you to alter these views or outlooks. Relate your reflections to the skills and knowledge associated with the content on communication, professional development, and teacher leadership. Remember, opinion and summary is NOT a reflection. Think deeper and discuss foundational changes to your views on education as a result of this semester’s content. Think back to your PD workshop experiences and reflections, thoughts expressed in the online blogs, assigned readings, and conversations with your classmates which challenged your thinking and resulted in your growth as an educator.