The Teacher Leadership Institute is a year-long, cohort based learning experience consisting of:
- Rigorous competency-based curriculum;
- Applied experience through a self-selected capstone project;
- Deep local and national community collaboration;
- Extensive coaching and support; and
- Evidence-based portfolio and micro-credentials documenting growth in leadership competencies
TLI fellows follow a two term (spring and fall) calendar. The focus of the first term is the eight overarching competencies for teacher leadership. Fellows choose two of the eight for deep study, practice, and reflection. For the second term, fellows choose one competency from among three pathways (instructional, policy, or association) and one competency from five diversity, equity, and cultural competence focus areas. All foundational components listed above are embedded in both terms.
The TLI curriculum for both terms has four modules: Learn, Design, Do, and Reflect. The delivery of the curriculum follows a flipped model. The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which fellows study content independently and then come together to share, apply, and deepen what they have learned. Fellows access materials and resources through a learning management system (LMS).
While fellows complete work independently, they’ll find a variety of opportunities for support. Fellows are expected to engage in the threaded discussions in the LMS, coaching support sessions, face-to-face meetings with state or local cohorts, and one 90-minute virtual workshop per module. The workshop is a virtual meeting with two objectives: processing the module’s content and gaining clarity on the assignments required. Module assignments serve as building blocks for micro-credential submissions, which will come at the end of the term.
Fellows will submit two overarching micro-credentials at the end of the first term and two pathway micro-credentials at the end of the second term. Micro-credentials focus on mastery of a singular competency. To earn a micro-credential, fellows submit a portfolio of artifacts that demonstrate their competence in a particular skill.
The National Education Association and TLI partners are working with Digital Promise to offer TLI fellows the opportunity to earn at least four micro-credentials. In addition, fellows who complete the TLI process, including the submission of the Capstone Portfolio, will receive a Leadership Certificate of Distinction.
What Is a Micro-Credential?
A micro credential is a competency based credential focused on a discrete skill related to practice (in this case the array of practice of teacher leadership) based on a collection of evidence.
What Is the Process for Earning a Micro-Credential?
TLI uses the Digital Promise framework to ensure that the micro-credential:
- Focuses on a single competency
- Has a key method that is backed by research
- Requires the submission of evidence
- Includes a rubric or scoring guide
Teacher leaders review submissions using the rubric and scoring guide and provide feedback to fellows. The development and submission of evidence for micro-credentials is embedded in the TLI curriculum so will require no additional work from fellows outside of the process of participating in TLI.