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Teachers Invited to Leadership Summit

Friday, January 13, 2017

A summit called “Every Teacher a Leader” will invite Wisconsin educators to ignite a discussion around the importance of teacher leadership and elevating the collective voice of our educators.

Traynor, Evers, and others around a work table with another table of people in background
Traynor and Evers as part of Wisconsin's delegation to the National Summit on Leadership, which helped inspire the upcoming Every Teacher a Leader Summit in Wisconsin.

What does it mean to “elevate teacher voice?”

Amy Traynor, the 2013 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year, and State Superintendent Tony Evers have been considering this deeply.

The two attended the first National Summit on Teacher Leadership in early 2016. Spurred by that experience, Traynor, Evers, and the Department of Public Instruction are organizing the Wisconsin gathering, with support from education partners including the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials, and Wisconsin Education Association Council.

Traynor thinks of elevated teacher voice as “recognizing yourself as the main advocate for what happens in the classroom, in the district, school, and on the policy side of education.”

Group shot from national conference
Larger group session at last year's national summit.

The policy side of education has recently been one of the most uncomfortable places teachers have found themselves, Traynor stresses.

That’s what got her and Evers wondering, is there a way to help teachers become more comfortable in that space? And then, what might happen?

If more Wisconsin teachers recognized their own inner power, could that also translate to innovation in the classroom?

Could each and every child have a teacher who is empowered to lead?

The goal of the Every Teacher a Leader Summit is to bring educators together to support, encourage, and inspire teacher voice and leadership statewide.

The event will provide expertise and support for Wisconsin educators to workshop an idea for a project, and to spotlight exemplary models of teacher voice – all with the aim of promoting, elevating, and growing teacher voice and leadership statewide.

Please visit the DPI Every Teacher a Leader webpage for more information on the Every Teacher a Leader Summit and application materials