Teachers leading professional development are finding that they can affect the future of elevating teachers’ voices and concerns.
Hamilton County teachers are finding innovative ways to raise their profession’s influence through the district’s Teacher Think Tank. Recently, around 20 teacher presented ideas about four project they are developing and asked for help to improve those ideas. The event was in partnership with Hamilton County Schools and the U.S. Department of Education’s Teach to Lead program.
For teachers who are frustrated by the district’s one size fits all approach to professional training and development, the Think Tank is an opportunity to encourage teachers to develop their own leadership and make positive and effective changes, including chances to train fellow teachers.
“The challenge for the Teacher Think Tank was to blow up professional development,” said Keri Randolph director of innovation for Hamilton County Schools. Teachers could then be provided with a voice and choice in the process.
Education department policy fellow Hoang Murphy says that when teachers have opportunities for leadership, they are more likely to remain in the profession.
“Effective teacher leadership means better outcomes for students,” said Murphy.