Michigan teachers chosen for NEA initiative

Nineteen Michigan teachers were selected to participate in NEA’s National Teacher Initiative (TLI), a program to develop a new generation of leaders within the teaching profession. A total of 150 teachers from Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan and Mississippi were chosen for a 2014 pilot.

TLI is a partnership between NEA, the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The goal of TLI is to offer selected on-site and online professional training in the areas of instructional leadership, policy leadership, and union leadership. The teachers will work with state and local NEA chapters and state and local education foundations and organizations as they create a program that will give teachers the skills they need to become leaders in their school districts and in their associations.

Letitia Kotas and Kathleen Nobles of Albion; Sharell Elam of Ann Arbor; Jeff Bean, Marsha Connelly-Snyder, Donna Henley, Katherine Lisk, and Susan Wolverton of Flint; Libby Brown and Elizabeth Sokolowski of Jackson; Lothar Konietzko of Lansing; Mitzi Catelli, Douglas Coates, and Katie Dodge of Livonia; and Annette Christiansen, Derek D’Angelo, and Melissa Gronzo of Utica will work with an interactive curriculum designed and facilitated by other expert teachers. After a comprehensive leadership training program, the teachers will participate in a field-based leadership project.

Once these teacher leaders have been prepared, TLI will mobilize them to help advance student learning, strengthen the teaching profession, and provide vision and direction to the Association.

“The goal is for participating teachers to become leaders in the profession, with the knowledge, skills and core values to meet the demands of the teaching profession in the 21st century,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.