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MSP News: Teacher Leaders as Agents of Change

March 14, 2019


NEWS IN BRIEF


Announcement
Looking for your Feedback! Invitation to Beta Test the STEM Teacher Leadership Network
Are you a teacher leader or involved in a project that supports teacher leadership? If so, your input is very important to us. Please see Details Below for instructions to participate. A $30.00 Amazon gift card will be provided to the first 100 teacher leaders who complete all of the requirements.

New MSP Papers

1. "The Power of Invitation: Teacher Leaders as Agents of Change," Bill Zoellick, Molly Meserve Auclair, Sarah L. Kirn, Maine Policy Review, July 2018.
2. "Investing in Teachers’ Leadership Capacity: A Model from STEM Education," Susan R. McKay, Laura Millay, Erika Allison, Elizabeth Byerssmall, Michael C. Wittmann, Mickie Flores, Jim Fratini, Bob Kumpa, Cynthia Lambert, Eric A. Pandiscio, Michelle K. Smith, Maine Policy Review, July 2018.
3. "Teacher Leadership: Toward a New Conceptual Framework," Jill Harrison Berg, Bill Zoellick, Journal of Professional Capital and Community, December 2018.

New in Library
1. "The Instructional Leadership Corps: Entrusting Professional Learning in the Hands of the Profession," Rachel A. Lotan, Dion Burns, Linda Darling-Hammond, Learning Policy Institute, February 2019.
2. "Leadership Matters: Teachers' Roles in School Decision Making and School Performance," Richard M. Ingersoll, Philip Sirinides, Patrick Dougherty, American Educator, Spring 2018.
3. "Aspiring to Lead: Physics Teacher Leaders Influencing Science Education Policy," Becky Bundy, Julie Dahl, Seth Guiñals-Kupperman, Katie Martino, Jeff Hengesbach, John Metzler, Trey Smith, Nichole Spencer, Amanda Whitehurst, Rebecca Vieyra, The Physics Teacher, March 2019.

STEM Teacher Leadership Network
This week we feature two inspiring stories of Teacher Leadership from the new STEM Teacher Leadership Network website.

Title: Beyond These Walls: Your Next Move

Presenter(s): Al Byers

Title: It’s eleSTEMary! -Elementary STEM builds Teacher Leadership

Presenter(s): Delene Hoffner


NSF Proosal Deadline
Upcoming NSF Proposal Deadline: STEM+Computing K-12 Education (STEM+C)
May 1, 2019


DETAILS BELOW


Announcement
Looking for your Feedback! Invitation to Beta Test the STEM Teacher Leadership Network
Are you a teacher leader or involved in a project that supports teacher leadership? If so, your input is very important to us.

You are invited to take part in a BETA test of a new website: STEM Teacher Leadership Network which you can access at: https://STEMTLnet.org This online learning community and network is being created to support and empower STEM teacher leaders and aspiring teacher leaders to effect change related to STEM teaching and learning. 

The site is a work in progress with a sampling or content in each section. Your participation will provide input as to what you already find of value on this site and how we can make it better. We hope to learn what you  think of the design, the site sections and interactive features, and the sample content. We will use your input to make modifications, changes, and additions.  We hope to provide a fully functioning, interactive, facilitated, website this Fall and look forward to your active participation.

As a token of appreciation we will provide a $30.00 Amazon gift card to the first 100 teacher leaders who complete both of the following two steps.

  1. Please take 20 minutes to browse  the site. While doing so we ask that you:
  2. Complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3MCHXCG and submit.


We view this as a site that will be co-created by teacher leaders for teacher leaders. Your input is very  important to this endeavor.  Thank you in advance for your time and input.

If you have any questions regarding the beta test please send an email to: contact@stemtlnet.org


New MSP Papers
1. "The Power of Invitation: Teacher Leaders as Agents of Change," Bill Zoellick, Molly Meserve Auclair, Sarah L. Kirn, Maine Policy Review, July 2018.

"Programs offered by universities and other entities outside the organizational boundaries of schools are an important source of ideas and support for educational improvement. Such organizations can focus on important needs-such as improving teaching of science-that schools perhaps cannot address on their own due to resource constraints. In such cases, teacher leaders can play key roles in bringing the knowledge and insights from external organizations into schools, sharing them with colleagues, and gaining administrative support. This kind of teacher leadership, responding to external initiatives rather than just to administrative priorities, is understudied, but programs in Maine that connect schools to universities and nonprofit organizations provide insight into the nature of such teacher leadership. We draw upon cases from two of these programs to offer suggestions to other organizations that might wish to develop programs for teacher leaders in support of educational improvement."

MSPnet Location: Library >> MSP Papers
http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/33756


2. "Investing in Teachers’ Leadership Capacity: A Model from STEM Education," Susan R. McKay, Laura Millay, Erika Allison, Elizabeth Byerssmall, Michael C. Wittmann, Mickie Flores, Jim Fratini, Bob Kumpa, Cynthia Lambert, Eric A. Pandiscio, Michelle K. Smith, Maine Policy Review, July 2018.

"Teachers play a key role in the quality of education provided to students. The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) at the University of Maine has worked with partners to design, implement, and evaluate several programs in the past eight years to provide professional learning opportunities and support for Maine's STEM teachers, leading to significant impacts for teachers and students across the state. A strategic investment in developing teacher leadership capacity played a key role in expanding the initial partnership to include teachers and school districts across the state. With support from education researchers and staff at the RiSE Center, STEM teachers have taken on roles as leaders of professional learning opportunities for peers and as decision makers in a statewide professional community for improving STEM education. This article describes the structures that have fostered teacher leadership and how those structures emerged through partnership and collaboration, the ways in which teacher leadership has amplified the resources we have been able to provide to STEM teachers across the state, and the outcomes for Maine students."

MSPnet Location: Library >> MSP Papers
http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/33754


3. "Teacher Leadership: Toward a New Conceptual Framework," Jill Harrison Berg, Bill Zoellick, Journal of Professional Capital and Community, December 2018.

"This paper presents a framework that can provide a strong foundation for the development of a knowledge base on teacher leadership, which is needed to inform education leaders' efforts to maximize teachers' leadership influence as asset for improving teaching, learning and schools."

MSPnet Location: Library >> MSP Papers
http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/33752


New in Library
1. "The Instructional Leadership Corps: Entrusting Professional Learning in the Hands of the Profession," Rachel A. Lotan, Dion Burns, Linda Darling-Hammond, Learning Policy Institute, February 2019.

"The Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) is an innovative professional learning network in which teacher leaders in California collaborate and support their colleagues in developing teaching strategies and practices aligned with new content standards. Over more than 4 years, 100,000 teachers have participated in conferences and trainings, with overwhelmingly positive responses. This study describes how the ILC has changed the professional development landscape in four districts, offering lessons about how teacher-led learning can motivate shifts in practice, enhance teachers' professionalism and efficacy, and create supportive systems and strategic relationships that can sustain change."

MSPnet Location: Library >> Ed Change & Policy
http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/33757


2. "Leadership Matters: Teachers' Roles in School Decision Making and School Performance," Richard M. Ingersoll, Philip Sirinides, Patrick Dougherty, American Educator, Spring 2018.

"Given the prominence of both instructional leadership and teacher leadership in the realms of school reform and policy, not surprisingly, both have also been the focus of extensive empirical research. But there have been limits to this research. It is, for example, unclear which of the many key elements of instructional leadership are more, or less, likely to be adopted in schools across the nation. Similarly, it is unclear which of these elements are more, or less, beneficial for school performance and for student learning and growth. Likewise, though the extent of teacher involvement in school decision making has been widely studied, there has been almost no solid empirical research on whether teacher leadership is beneficial for student learning and growth. These topics are the subject of a study the authors undertook, which this article summarizes."

MSPnet Location: Library >> Ed Change & Policy
http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/33758


3. "Aspiring to Lead: Physics Teacher Leaders Influencing Science Education Policy," Becky Bundy, Julie Dahl, Seth Guiñals-Kupperman, Katie Martino, Jeff Hengesbach, John Metzler, Trey Smith, Nichole Spencer, Amanda Whitehurst, Rebecca Vieyra, The Physics Teacher, March 2019.

"Teachers are increasingly recognizing the need-and their power-to advocate on behalf of the teaching profession for the sake of their students and communities. National organizations like AAPT have a key role in amplifying teachers' voices. Building on the strategic vision for K-12 physics teacher professional development of the 'Aspiring to Lead' report, AAPT broke new ground by supporting teams of educators in addressing local- and state-level issues related to physics education."
Related Report: Aspiring to Lead - Engaging K-12 Teachers as Agents of National Change in Physics Education

MSPnet Location: Library >> Ed Change & Policy
http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/33759


STEM Teacher Leadership Network
This week we feature two inspiring stories of Teacher Leadership from the new STEM Teacher Leadership Network website.

Title: Beyond These Walls: Your Next Move

Presenter(s): Al Byers

Title: It’s eleSTEMary! -Elementary STEM builds Teacher Leadership

Presenter(s): Delene Hoffner



NSF Proosal Deadline
Upcoming NSF Proposal Deadline: STEM+Computing K-12 Education (STEM+C)
May 1, 2019

An innovative science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing (STEM+C) workforce and well-educated citizenry are crucial to the Nation's prosperity, security and competitiveness. Preparation for the future workforce must begin in the earliest grades from preK-12, where students need to learn not only the science and mathematics central to these areas, but also how computational thinking is integral to STEM disciplines. Because of the powerful innovation and application of computing in STEM disciplines there is an urgent need for real-world, interdisciplinary, and computational preparation of students from the early grades through high school (preK-12) that will provide a strong foundation for mid-level technical careers and for continuing education in higher education. This is particularly important in the key science areas described in the National Science Foundation’s Big Ideas for Future NSF Investment. The STEM+C program supports research and development proposals related to new approaches to pre-K-12 STEM teaching and learning related to Harnessing the Data Revolution, Convergence Research and the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier.

The STEM+C Program focuses on research and development of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to the integration of computing within STEM teaching and learning for preK-12 students in both formal and informal settings. The STEM+C program supports research on how students learn to think computationally to solve interdisciplinary problems in science and mathematics. The program supports research and development that builds on evidence-based teacher preparation or professional development activities that enable teachers to provide excellent instruction on the integration of computation and STEM disciplines. Proposals should describe projects that are grounded in prior evidence and theory, are innovative or potentially transformative, and that will generate and build knowledge about the integration of computing and one or more STEM disciplines at the preK-12 level.

A proposal submitted to this program description should describe the integration of computing with one or more STEM disciplines. A proposal may focus on studies on the effects of integrating computational thinking with STEM disciplines or the challenges of implementing these potentially disruptive educational interventions. Proposed projects may develop models, assessments, and technological tools to support teaching and learning in this area as well as conduct research on these models, assessments, and tools. Outcomes of projects should enable the Nation to have a future workforce with knowledge of computational thinking integrated with STEM disciplines, and students prepared and interested in careers in the skilled technical work force or further education and science careers.
For more information:
• Program Page
• FAQs
http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/announce/show/id-412