As a system we need to move beyond seeing Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) as separate and discrete initiatives and instead view them as necessary, interrelated components that have the potential to elevate the teaching profession and ensure ALL students are college and career ready. PSESD and ReadyWashington believe that teacher leadership is essential for successful large scale systemic changes in education.
What is a Washington State Teacher Leader?
Ready Washington and Puget Sound Educational Service District are hiring a cadre of Washington Teacher Leaders from all content areas from each of the nine Educational Service District Regions in Washington State to contribute to the conversation and engage other teachers in talking about connections and best practices for CCSS, NGSS, and TPEP.
Our 2017 cadre will be our largest ever, 44 teachers from across all content areas and grade levels in Washington State. We are especially interested in K-12 teachers using arts integration, teachers of English Language Learners in the general education classroom, science, STEM, social studies, math, CTE, and English language arts. 2-3 Teachers from each of the 9 ESD regions in Washington State will be selected.
Who should apply to be a Washington State Teacher leader?
- Current Classroom Teachers in
Washington State, our hope is that the 2017 Cadre of WA Teacher Leaders will represent each of the 9 ESD in Washington State as well as all content areas and grade levels. A minimum of 2-3 Teachers from each of the 9 ESD regions in Washington State will be selected.
- Educators passionate about teaching, learning, and teacher leadership
- Teachers who who are able to participate in the below mentioned activities, training sessions and meetings
- Friendly and conversational educators
- Succinct writers, team players and tech savvy or tech curious teachers
- Fast learners with a growth mindset
Why should I apply to be a Washington State Teacher Leader?
This is an excellent opportunity to lead without leaving the classroom. Other benefits include:
- Access to high quality, professional learning by practicing teachers
- An opportunity to reflect upon and share best practices from your classroom
- A professional learning network of accomplished teacher leaders
- Earn up $1,000 – $2,000 stipend for a 10-month commitment in 2017
Teachers can choose a blogging or Twitter focus. No prior experience necessary.
Commitments for all Washington State Teacher Leaders
- Attend kick-off and social media professional learning session on January 7 in Renton, WA at Puget Sound ESD. Travel & accommodations will be covered.
- Participate in quarterly webinar meetings
- Attend and assist with Tweet Up on May in Renton, WA focused on: TBD
- Regularly comment and tweet about CORElaborate blog posts written by fellow teacher leaders
- Commitments are for January – December 2017 (No chats or blogs in July and August)
Commitments related to chosen focus
Bloggers write about their classroom practice, instructional shifts and share professional learning related to CCSS. Their voice is amplified in part by sharing their blogs through multiple social media platforms including; Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Edmodo, through their personal and professional learning networks and through engaging blog commenters.
- One blog per month, (2017 Jan – June, September – December)
- 500-1500 words or a 2-5 minute Video blog
- Promote blog on social media
- $2,000 stipend per year, stipends paid based on participation
- 22 spots available
Tweeters promote, host and participate in 2-3 monthly Twitter chats around CCSS, NGSS and Teacher Effectiveness and tweet on a regular basis sharing CORElaborate blogs, innovative classroom practice resources and information they want to share with fellow educators.
- Participate in 2 monthly Twitter Chats, including #WATeachLead and #TPEPchat (2017 Jan – June, September – December)
- Promote CORElaborate blogs on social media, 15 tweets per month minimum
- $1,000 stipend per year, stipends paid based on participation
- 22 spots available
Share this opportunity with your colleagues: Washington State Teacher Leader (PDF).
Applications are due Friday, November 11th.