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Teacher Leader KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Teacher Leader KnowledgeBase aims to raise awareness of the teacher leader role at the district level and to support teachers aspiring to the teacher leader role through master's degree-level university programs.

Task 2: Set Goals for Individual Professional Growth

Guideline: Teachers in leadership roles should set goals for individual professional growth and assist their fellow teachers in doing so. This task provides resources to help set professional learning goals.



Steps to Developing a Personal Professional Development Plan

This planning tool offers an eight-step guide and planning template to develop a personal development plan. It is based on "By Your Own Design," a website and CD-ROM developed by the former Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (ENC) and the National Staff Development Council (Learning Forward).

Teacher Leadership: Self-Assessment and Readiness Tools

Teachers, are you exploring teacher leadership opportunities? State, district and school leaders: are you considering how to use teacher leadership initiatives to promote local improvement, or as part of your ESSA plan? Our new suite of teacher leadership self-assessment and readiness tools can help. Developed in collaboration and consultation with the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, REL Midwest and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, the tools are based on a review of the teacher leadership literature and stakeholder input. Download a Microsoft Word version of the tool



Maryland Teacher Professional Development Planning Guide

This link is to the Maryland Teacher Professional Development Planning Guide. Though intended for Maryland teachers, the guide's content may be useful to teachers in leadership roles in other states as they address professional learning needs. Professional Planning Form

Practical Tips

Professional Development: Follow Your Own Lead

From Education World, this resource is a reflection on teacher professional learning. "As schools move full-tilt towards a professional development model more attuned to collegial school-wide goals, educator Brenda Dyck explores the need to balance that model with one that recognizes the professional goals of individual teachers."


Individual Professional Development Plan

This link to the Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center offers guidance on developing an individual professional learning plan. Though focused on early childhood educators, the content on creating a professional learning plan may serve as a useful example for all educators.