Applications are open for the March 2021 Cohort of the NJEA Teacher Leader Academy (TLA). Information and the online application available at njea.org/TLA. The deadline is Oct. 15. TLA information sessions are scheduled for September.
Teacher leadership offers a paradigm shift that not only allows teachers to support their peers from a nonevaluative position, but also to influence the entire system. Teacher leadership gives educators a voice at the decision-making table on instructional issues at the school and/or district level.
Meeting weekly over the course of a year, and occasionally on Saturdays, the core of the program focuses on regional study groups in which candidates for the endorsement identify their own strengths and areas where they want to challenge themselves.
With those areas identified, each candidate leads the learning of groups of seven or eight other teachers working with them on the endorsement. With the support of a group facilitator supplied by the NJEA Teacher Leader Academy, the study groups are designed to use feedback from other participants to create an incubator for leadership.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings are held virtually.
Graduate credit available through TESU
Candidates for the teacher leader endorsement in the NJEA Teacher Leader Academy are eligible to earn up to 12 graduate credits through Thomas Edison State University (TESU).
Depending on local collective bargaining agreements, these 12 credits may increase the possibility of both tuition reimbursement and movement on the salary guide.