The IU School of Education is launching an online program in Summer 2023 designed to support classroom teachers who are seeking leadership development opportunities. The Teacher Leader Pathway provides classroom teachers with two years of classroom experience an opportunity to acquire important leadership skills that create opportunities for professional advancement. These skills translate directly to the work of instructional coaches, school administrators and central office administrators.
“Research shows that providing classroom teachers with opportunities for professional advancement is one of the best ways to retain teachers in the profession,” said Chad Lochmiller, associate professor of educational leadership and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, which hosts the pathway for the IU School of Education. “Teachers who feel empowered in their schools and supported in their growth are more likely to stay and that is key to solving the state’s teacher shortage.”