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A new vision for teacher leadership in Greece School District

CTQ continued to support and advance a bold new brand of teacher leadership last week in Rochester, NY, where Teacher in Residence Lori Nazareno, consultant Kim Farris-Berg, and CEO and founder Barnett Berry presented a design-thinking workshop for teachers and administrators from Greece School District.

Part of a daylong Teach to Lead event, Nazareno, Farris-Berg, and Berry’s presentation expanded on the progressive teacher leadership views of the district, where numerous teachers work in half-time hybrid roles coaching and supporting their peers. In Greece School District, administrators and teachers work together to “meet the emerging needs of teachers as defined by teachers,” Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams said.

As part of the design-thinking workshop, attendees brainstormed additional ideas for teacher leadership opportunities in their district, created action plans, and analyzed the district’s peer observation and feedback processes.

"If you are looking for an authentic and bold brand of teacher leadership in America, look no further than Greece, New York,” Berry said. “Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams has set the stage for her district’s classroom experts, teaching and leading in a hybrid role, to have the skill and agency to support their colleagues and drive teacher-led professional development that advances student learning.”