In Wisconsin, we believe that every teacher is a leader. Teacher leaders can practice and demonstrate leadership by engaging in activities where they learn, innovate, reflect, create, connect, and/or speak up on a daily basis through their role as a teacher. Teacher leaders can proactively engage in all of these types of activities on their own as part of their professional growth, but can also engage in activities that foster teacher leadership in others or uplift and improve the profession.
For more information on teacher leadership strategies, check out the Teacher Leadership Toolkit 2.0 from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) and Leading Educators.
Activities and Opportunities in Wisconsin
The WI Every Teacher a Leader Summit is a place to bring your teacher leadership idea, develop that idea into an actionable plan with your team, and meet others who can help along the way. As a Powered by Teach to Lead event, participants have access to national and state supports.
Consider building a team of educators and applying to attend the next Every Teacher a Leader Summit event in June 2019 in Madison, WI. Applications are due March 29, 2019.
Educator Leadership Rendezvous
The Educator Leadership Rendezvous is a three-day summer retreat that brings together Wisconsin’s Teachers of the Year, along with WI Army National Guard staff and teachers identified as Educators of Promise (teachers in years 2-8 of their career who show great promise as young educators), to learn about leadership and culture building strategies, develop personal professional learning networks, and improve morale and resiliency among teachers in the field. This exciting activity is hosted around the state of Wisconsin annually at various military bases or institutions and is jointly led between the WI Department of Public Instruction, the WI Department of Military Affairs, and the WI Army National Guard. The Educator Leadership Rendezvous is named for a French military term, rendez-vous!, meaning “present yourselves!”, and is also a term that describes a gathered group of explorers. For more information or to nominate a teacher who you think is an Educator of Promise, contact Mark Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Council (WTOYC) consists of current and previous year Wisconsin Teachers of the Year who are appointed by the state Superintendent of Schools as an advisory body. Led by two teacher leaders, the WTOYC provides strong two-way communication and collaboration between the Department of Public Instruction and practitioners in the field. The WTOYC is also a learning organization, who seek out professional learning from others related to strategic priorities, projects, and teacher voice and leadership. If you are interested in presenting to or meeting with the Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Council, please contact Mark Mueller at email@example.com.