Policy leadership is leading to impact education and social policy that supports quality teaching and learning. Below are the skills that teacher leaders will hone in the policy leadership track.
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|• Demonstrates awareness that policy impacts the school environment, and engages in inquiry to learn and understand what policies are at play, and what effects they have on school communities.||• Filters and discriminates information to gain a meaningful understanding of the processing and intent of policy, and implements mandated policies effectively and gracefully.||• Actively engages in the skillful inclusion of policy in practice, utilizing a culture of research and inquiry around policy issues.||• Leads the development of effective and innovative plans to move ideas into action at many levels, as a result of inquiry and research.
• Innovates strategies for implementing poor policy while maximizing the benefit of sound policy.
|• Researches and understands the scope of various policies.||• Utilizes professional expertise and experience, as well as listening to others' ideas, to evaluate existing and proposed policies that impact classroom, school, district and community.|
• Advocates for positive changes to existing policies and for best practice in new policies.
|• Organizes others around the best ideas for improvement, based on his or her own understanding as well as thorough engagement with others' ideas, through various communication methods and diverse alliances.||• Inspires others to act through convincing, stakeholder-specific messaging.
• Creates and strengthens alignments with various stakeholders.
• Inspires action of others to advocate for the profession.
|• Demonstrates awareness of the process of creating policy, including familiarity with key stakeholders and influencers.||• Effectively explains policy and its relationship to current work to others.||• Drives effective policy content based on deep understanding of research.|
• Strengthens alliances with a diverse set of stakeholders.
|• Sustains and builds relationships around policy shifts to leverage change.
• Runs for office or takes a role as a policymaker beyond the school in other formal leadership roles.
Policy Engagement and Relationships
|• Prepares himself or herself to speak to the current issues around education.|
• Knows the names, roles, alignments, and functions of various policymakers.
|• Develops powerful messaging about school culture and school environment.|
• Connects with policymakers, using methods that effectively engage them and enhance their willingness to listen and learn.
|• Takes formal leadership roles that influence or directly involve policymaking.|
• Builds strong relationships with policymakers that encompass the ability to both listen to them and influence them.
|• Influences other teacher leaders to take a role in policymaking.
• Fosters the development of coalitions and gains the support of organizations in pursuit of a positive policy agenda.
• Influences other teacher leaders to own the agenda.