About The Participants
We are asking that Rhode Island Educators, 2017 and 2016 ECET2RI Attendees, Superintendents, Building Administrators and District Leaders nominate teachers who are considered teacher leaders (see criteria outlined below). Our ECET2RI executive team will invite approximately 75-100 teachers throughout the state as participants. Click here to view the list of past participating districts.
Emerging Teacher Leaders
TEACHERS MUST EXHIBIT TWO OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING QUALITIES:
1. EXUDE PASSION FOR WHAT THEY DO: THEY VIEW TEACHING AS MORE THAN THEIR PROFESSION. IT IS THEIR CALLING. THEY ARE COMMITTED TO THE SUCCESS OF ALL OF THEIR STUDENTS AND ALSO SEEK TO IMPACT STUDENTS BEYOND THEIR CLASSROOMS.
2. EXHIBIT A GROWTH MINDSET: THEY WORK CONSTANTLY AT THEIR CRAFT, IDENTIFYING AND APPLYING SUCCESSFUL TOOLS AND STRATEGIES, AND REFLECTING ON THEIR PRACTICE.
3. OPEN THEIR DOORS TO COLLEAGUES, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES: THEIR PEERS BENEFIT FROM THEIR TRANSPARENCY AND INSIGHTS AS FORMAL AND INFORMAL COACHES AND MENTORS. THEY COLLABORATE WITH PEERS, PARENTS, AND OTHER COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS TO IMPROVE THE OUTCOMES OF THEIR STUDENTS.
4. ADVOCATE FOR THEIR STUDENTS: THEY FIRMLY STAND BEHIND WHAT WORKS FOR KIDS AND ARE NOT AFRAID TO VOICE THEIR VIEWPOINTS, EVEN WHEN THEY ARE UNPOPULAR.
Established Teacher Leaders
Established teacher leaders may be:
1. Serving in hybrid roles as teachers, mentors, coaches, and leaders of specific initiatives in their school buildings
2. Providing instructional leadership as department chairs
3. Leading professional development in their buildings and school systems
4. Advocating for the needs of their students and profession through teacher voice networks, social media, and other platforms
5. Advancing in their craft by becoming national board certified or designated as state/district teachers of the year
6. Designing and planning regional convenings (after first participating in state ECET² convening)
7. Building the ECET²network as local champions who mentor and support new or inexperienced planners of ECET² regional convenings
8. Partnering with central leaders to co-create and design solutions, policies, and professional learning that impact the classroom