Teacher leadership is no longer optional. Its importance in student learning, teacher retention, school culture, school improvement, the crafting of sound education policy, and productive and innovative teachers’ associations has been demonstrated by both research and practice. Those who engage in teacher leadership in any capacity have seen its impacts on their students and colleagues, but the evidence goes far beyond the anecdotal (taken from The Teacher Leader Competencies, 2014, Center for Teaching Quality, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the National Education Association).
Join us at 1:45-2:45 PM during our conference on Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Room 110 as the following panelists discuss teacher leadership with facilitator, Julie D. Ramsay.
- Jennifer Barnett is a 23 year veteran of the English and social studies classroom who now serves as a Teacher Leader in Residence for the Center for Teaching Quality, an organization dedicated to the mission to connect, ready, and mobilize teacher leaders. A passionate leader, Jennifer created a teacher-led technology initiative in Talladega County in 2006. Today, this progressive district has been recognized nationally for its instructional innovation. She lives in Childersburg with her husband and two sons.
- Dr. Alison Grizzle, 2014 Alabama Teacher of the Year, currently holds a position with the Alabama State Department of Education as an Education Specialist in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the Educator Effectiveness Section. Alison taught mathematics for 15 years in Birmingham City Schools, serving students from the Ensley and Pratt City communities.
- Phil Wilson is the music teacher at Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn where he has been for the past 13 years. Prior to coming to Auburn, Phil was the choir director/assistant band director at Thomasville High School in Thomasville, GA. Phil is the 2010 AL Teacher of the Year.
- Laren Hammonds teaches 8th grade English at Rock Quarry Middle School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She earned a Master’s in Education specializing in instructional technology in 2013 and is currently a candidate for National Board Certification.
We look forward to seeing all educators, administrators, and preservice teachers at our conference. You do not have to be an NBCT to attend.