Teacher Leadership: Peeling Back the Layers

In August of 2014, I received an email from Ron Thorpe at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards about the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI), an initiative created through a partnership between NBPTS, the National Education Association, and the Center for Teaching Quality. The email said the initiative was looking for teachers in Mississippi who …

Learning, Leading, and NOT Leaving What You Love

When I began the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI), I was a veteran teacher with plenty of leadership experience in my community but little leadership experience within my school. I was hopeful that TLI would not only provide me with…

Leadership Is a Choice

As Americans, we tend to have a romanticized view of leadership in general. Our leaders are those at the forefront of the fray, the ones who are recognized, who have followers, right? They are the ones on the nightly news, the covers of biopics, and…