The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently wrapped up a year-long effort to bring together teacher leaders from across the state. The group is called the Teacher Leader Network, and it is dedicated to ensuring all students have access to high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials in literacy and mathematics and all teachers have access to professional learning to support the implementation of those materials.
Approximately 220 teachers participated in the group over the course of this school year. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor joined in on the final virtual meeting to thank participants for their time and commitment to being teacher leaders. “Your learning and teacher-leadership actions will result in effective instruction and will impact student learning. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your stories, and your passion for your students with DPI and with each other throughout the school year.”
Teacher leaders were nominated by their principals to be part of the Teacher Leader Network. They voluntarily met online during the school year to make connections, build their understanding of high-quality instructional materials and professional learning, and provide feedback to the DPI.
Participants honed their leadership capabilities while taking the research and information they learned back to their schools to inform their processes of adopting high-quality instructional materials and professional learning. They provided feedback to the DPI about the practices they used to carry out this important work.
In the coming months, principals will be able to nominate teachers to participate in the Teacher Leader Network for the 2020-21 school year.