Standard I

Standard I: Teacher leadership specialists demonstrate leadership.

Element a. Teacher leadership specialists lead in their school(s)/discipline(s). They facilitate teamwork and leadership

Developing

    • Participates in professional learning community (PLC).

Proficient

...and

Coordinates PLCs around professional development for teams to:

    • Collaborate.
    • Discuss student learning.
    • Implement effective PLC strategies.
    • Improve their productivity

Accomplished

...and

Stimulates effectiveness of PLCs by:

    • Collecting and analyzing data.
    • Documenting activities.
    • Providing support and feedback as others lead professional learning communities.

Distinguished

...and

Uses monitoring data to:

    • Guide PLC improvement activities.
    • Sustain a system of highly functioning PLCs within a school or district appropriate for the teacher leadership specialist’s role.

Element b. Teacher leadership specialists model collaboration. They collaborate with colleagues at the district level. They partner with other educators to facilitate professional learning.

Developing

    • Participates in teacher leadership specialist meetings to learn about district initiatives and priorities.
    • Participates in a professional learning network (PLN).

Proficient

...and

    • Conducts professional development to implement and support school and district initiatives and priorities.
    • Convenes varied groups of professionals to solicit input regarding school-based issues.
    • Elicits support and expertise from others in the school to enhance professional learning.

Accomplished

...and

    • Collaborates with district educators to create professional development strategies that support school and district initiatives and priorities.
    • Elicits support and expertise from the district and the community to enhance professional learning at the school.

Distinguished

...and

    • Collaborates with regional and national educators to influence the profession.
    • Leverages regional and national networks to enhance professional learning at the school and/or district level.

Element c. Teacher leadership specialists advocate for students, educators, schools and sound educational programs.

Developing

  • Articulates policies and practice affecting student learning.
  • Articulates evidence based effective instruction.

Proficient

...and

  • Supports positive change in practice that impacts student learning.
  • Advocates for students by supporting evidence based instruction and sound educational programs.

Accomplished

...and

Advocates and provides evidence and support for:

  • New initiatives as needed.
  • Policies that support educational programs focused on student learning.
  • A culture of student advocacy within the school.

Distinguished

...and

  • Participates in developing policies and practice to improve student learning.
  • Creates systems that sustain evidence based effective instruction.

Element d. Teacher leadership specialists demonstrate high ethical standards.

Developing

  • Articulates the importance of ethical behavior as outlined in the Code of Ethics for North Carolina
  • Educators and the Standards for Professional Conduct.

Proficient

...and

  • Adheres to the Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators and the Standards for Professional Conduct.

Accomplished

...and

  • Models the tenets of the Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators and the Standards for Professional Conduct.

Distinguished

...and

  • Encourages others to uphold the Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators and the Standards for Professional Conduct.

Sample Artifacts

Standard 1, Element a

Teacher leadership specialists lead in their school(s)/discipline(s). They facilitate teamwork and leadership.

· Lead or collaborate with the leader of site based SIP/MTSS/PBIS/etc. teams.

· Lead a school based PLT in collaboration with a new team/grade level chair.

· Lead a district-wide PLT for regional educators in a specific program or department.

· Lead special education contact meetings.

· Lead an implementation team at the central office level to carry out district initiatives in conjunction with the strategic plan.

· Lead a professional development session or workshop for school team.

· Communicate and lead implementation efforts related to curriculum and instruction.

Standard 1, Element b

Teacher leadership specialists model collaboration. They collaborate with colleagues at the district level. They partner with other educators to facilitate professional learning.

· Collaborate with Special Education Services (including BST, KST, and ACES team members), AIG, Intervention Services, etc. to support schools.

· Partner with a colleague to offer a professional development session or workshop.

· Collaborate with colleagues to promote district wide initiatives.

· Support screening and assessment schedules for students.

Standard 1, Element c

Teacher leadership specialists advocate for students, educators, schools, and sound educational programs.

· Support implementation of new resources and programs.

· Provide special education programming support to ensure students are receiving quality instruction based on county recommendations or work with classroom teachers to ensure their implementation of that programming.

· Procure and check for effectiveness of new resources across the district.

· Involvement in committees that support students and/or educators.

· Develop presentations on various education topics for the greater school community.

Standard 1, Element d

Teacher leadership specialists demonstrate high ethical standards.

· Facilitate conversations around learning and teaching in a respectful, trustworthy, and humble manner.

· Maintain the confidentiality of conversations with educators.

· Balance the relationship between administration and educators.

· Promote email conversations centered on tasks and business vs. criticism and opinions.

· Contribute positively at staff functions and in various places of the school or district business.