CTL is a partner with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) on an Instructional Transformation Grant, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The multi-year grant enables KDE to work with districts throughout the state on implementing these initiatives: the Common Core State Standards through the Literacy and Mathematics Design Collaborative (LDC/MDC) frameworks, assessment literacy, the Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (TPGES), and teacher leadership. The focus of CTL’s work under the grant is teacher leadership, including:
- Convening a national partners group to define excellence in teacher leadership, recommend possible pathways for teacher leaders, attract teachers into well-defined leadership pipelines, and equip administrators to create pathways for “teacherpreneurs.”
- Bringing together institutions of higher education (IHE’s) to learn from one another; recognizing and sharing IHE efforts to address the Common Core, LDC/MDC, PGES, assessment literacy and teacher leadership; and acting as a community of practice to meet teacher preparation needs.
- Developing a teacher leader cohort that will create a teacher leadership pipeline in Instructional Transformation Grant districts, providing face-to-face and virtual meetings to develop teacher leader capacities, and providing policy support for administrators.
IHE staff will be better able to address with pre-service and in-service teachers such issues as reducing novice status, closing achievement gaps and increasing equity among all students. They will also have the opportunity – some for the first time – to share information and begin to align teacher leadership initiatives across the state for teachers at all stages of their careers.
CTL staff members are working with the teacher leadership cohort to identify problems of practice, and providing coaching in peer observation.
In addition, CTL has convened IHE regional meetings to identify effective practices and resources, to better prepare pre-service and in-service teachers for the complex school environments they encounter.
CTL also collaborated with the Kentucky Department of Education, KyNT3 – the Kentucky Network to Transform Teaching administered through the Educational Professional Standards Board, The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky, the Kentucky Education Association, Hope Street Group, and the Bluegrass Center for Teacher Quality to develop the Kentucky Teacher Leadership Framework.
Finally, as part of our work with national partners on this project, CTL collaborated with KyNT3 on the development of the brochure, “Getting to Accomplished Teaching,” and two motion graphic animations – one on teacher career pathways, and another on the Kentucky Teacher Leadership Framework itself.
Teacher leaders, higher education participants and national partners have responded enthusiastically, and look forward to continuing this work with CTL.