Teacher Leadership Initiative 2016 - 2017


Who? Through the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI), MEA-MFT, the National Education Association (NEA) is partnering with the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) to support teachers in Montana and across the nation in advancing as leaders in the profession. TLI is designed for teachers—like you—who want to expand your impact by building your knowledge and skills and then activating your leadership through a culminating capstone experience.

What? You will engage with other TLI participants through an interactive curriculum designed and facilitated by other expert teachers. All participants will begin by identifying on your passions, strengths, and interests as teacher leaders through the Innovative Teacher Leadership curriculum. Background readings and reflective activities will provide the foundation for these curricula.

When, Where, and How?

This learning will take place primarily through discussion threads, webinars, and videoconferences (approximately two virtual meetings per month). The virtual meetings will begin in January of 2017. You must not be a tech expert to participate; however, a basic comfort level with technology and willingness to learn is key. A minimum of three face-to-face meetings will also be scheduled throughout the TLI process. These will not be traditional “sit-and-get” workshops.. All travel expenses to the meetings will be paid by MEA-MFT.


Why? Once you have successfully completed TLI, you will be on the path to using your leadership experiences to help advance student learning, strengthen the teaching profession, and provide vision and direction to the association through your capstone project. In addition, the partners will develop systems to support your ongoing professional growth in instructional, policy, and association leadership.

MEA-MFT, CTQ, NBPTS, and NEA are proud to offer this growth opportunity through NEA local and state affiliates. We look forward to providing the TLI cohort with unique preparation for leadership roles.

For more information, please contact Jami Wood at MEA-MFT, jwood@mea-mft.org or 406-447-1468.

Beverly Brahan at the Mississippi Association of Educators, bbrahan@nea.orgBeverly Brahan at the Mississippi Association of Educators, bbrahan@nea.org

Please send resume and three professional references include name, contact information, and one sentence explanation of the relationship)

Participants who complete the TLI process, including capstone project will receive 60 OPI renewal credits.

The TLI Experience