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Teacher Leadership is Focus of Conference

sponKappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, is hosting a conference this week at Mount Royal University. The Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension at Mount Royal University is proud to sponsor this prestigious event.

Learning, Leadership and Practice: Educating Global Citizens will take place from October 2-4 in the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning.

Dr. Charles Webber, Dean of Continuing Education and Extension at MRU, notes, “This conference will profile the groundbreaking efforts of international scholars and educational professionals to enhance the social and human capacity needed to sustain a civil society. It also will be a unique opportunity for participants to plan ongoing collaboration with peers from around the globe.”

Dr. Ann Lieberman
Dr. Ann Lieberman

Keynote speaker Dr. Ann Lieberman of Stanford University will give a presentation entitled Teacher Leadership: What Do We Know So Far?

Dr. Lieberman says that schools and teachers today are under increasing pressure to adapt teaching methods to help students become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Merely following established curriculum is not advancing the profession to meet the societal goal to create globally responsible citizens.

“A big idea is to create conditions for teachers to develop, and be supported in, their own leadership activities. Teachers have greater opportunities to change culture from within rather than relying on external expertise for professional development,” Dr. Lieberman says.

Dr. Lieberman will give examples of teachers being empowered to facilitate their own learning. These include the National Writing Project, a program established at Berkeley in 1974 and now offered across the US, to improve writing and learning for all learners. Another is the Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP), an annual project-based professional learning opportunity for experienced classroom teachers to take on leadership roles.

Dr. Lieberman will use these and other examples to examine what is going on when teacher leadership programs are working, and how schools and principals can support programs like these to create teacher leaders.

Dr. Ann Lieberman is an emeritus professor from Teachers College, Columbia University, and now Senior Scholar at Stanford University. She has been a Senior Scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for the past 10 years. She was also president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 1992. She was named a Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) Laureate in 1995. She is widely known for her work in the areas of teacher leadership and development, collaborative research, networks and school-university partnerships, and the problems and prospects for understanding educational change.

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– by Karen McCarthy

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