NEA Teacher Leadership Institute

  • Are you ready to take hold of your career, learning to lead in matters of practice and policy?
  • Do you ever find yourself thinking, “If more teachers were leading, then…”—and wishing you were one of those teachers?
  • Are you eager to make a difference beyond your classroom—but not sure where to begin?

Who? Through the Teacher Leadership Institute (TLI), the National Education Association (NEA) is partnering with the Colorado Education Association along with additional state affiliates to support 300 teachers in advancing as leaders in the profession. TLI is designed for teachers—like you—who want to expand your impact by building your knowledge and skills and then activating your leadership through a culminating capstone experience.

What? You will engage with other TLI fellows through an interactive curriculum designed and facilitated by other expert teachers. The Teacher Leadership Institute Fellowship offers the professional learning, support, and experience necessary for teachers to expand their influence and offer their expertise in new, large, and innovative contexts. TLI brings together three intertwined pathways that define the ways in which teachers can blaze new paths in education: instructional leadership, policy leadership, and association leadership. The curriculum is infused with a deep study of Diversity, Equity, and Cultural Competence.

When, Where, and How? This learning will take place through discussion threads, webinars, and Zoom meetings (video conferences). Fellows will be expected to dedicate approximately 4 – 6 hours monthly to the TLI. You need not be a tech expert to participate; however, a basic comfort level with technology and willingness to learn is key. A minimum of two and no more than three face-to-face meetings will also be scheduled throughout the 2019-2020 school year. These will not be traditional “sit-and-get” workshops.

Why? Once you have been prepared, TLI will mobilize your leadership to help advance student learning, strengthen the teaching profession, and provide vision and direction to the association through your capstone project. In addition, the partners will develop systems to support your ongoing professional growth in instructional, policy, and association leadership. At the completion of the year, Fellows will have gained new, unparalleled leadership expertise and experience and will be uniquely prepared for leadership roles in their association, in the policy-making arenas, and in their profession.

Interested in joining this experience? Apply now!

NEA and CEA are proud to offer this fellowship opportunity. We look forward to providing the 2019-2020 Cohort with unique preparation for leadership roles. For more information, please contact Joshua Quick at jquick@coloradoea.org. Fellows who complete the TLI Requirements and Capstone will receive a $500.00 stipend.