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2018 Every Teacher a Leader Summit

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Applications for the second Every Teacher a Leader Summit are now being accepted. The event will again be held at historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay on April 27 and 28 and applications are due Sunday, February 25.

The summit, designed to increase and recognize teacher leadership, was inspired by the national Teach to Lead Teacher Leadership Summit. Superintendent Tony Evers and 2013 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year Amy Traynor attended the event and returned home with a strong desire to bring the concept to Wisconsin.

Teams of educators will bring a teacher leadership idea, develop that idea into an actionable plan with a team, and meet others who can help you along the way.

The Bayfield School District, which sent a team to the 2017 Summit was featured in a video about their experience. The District worked on a teacher-led plan to reduce chronic absenteeism. Rick Erickson, a teacher at Bayfield High School said that “the Every Teacher a Leader Summit gives schools an opportunity to bring a team here to focus on an issue and try to work towards a plan to address that issue in their school.” His teammate and Bayfield teacher lead Liz Bodin reflected that she was “excited to take on the leadership role and see it through.”

The 2018 Every Teacher a Leader Summit is your chance to bring an idea for your school or district to life. To apply, you will need to:

  • have an actionable teacher leadership idea;
  • develop a team of three to five total members (including you) that are able to attend;
  • include at least one practicing classroom educator on your team; 
  • commit to taking implementation steps following Summit participation;
  • attend the entire Summit (5 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2018, through 5 p.m.Saturday, April 28, 2018); and
  • cover travel expenses to the summit (accommodations and meals are provided).

An application for the summit can be found on the department’s website alongside guidance documents that will assist in planning, and idea plan examples.