We are beyond excited to introduce the newest cohort of Teacher Leaders for CORElaborate! With educators from each of the nine regional Educational Service Districts, this year's cohort will promote a message of teacher leadership from throughout the state of Washington.
On Saturday, January 26th, educators arrived at Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) to prepare for a day full of trainings, workshops and collaboration. The day began with an introduction to the goals for the new Washington State Teacher Leaders, and in turn each attendee was given the opportunity to elaborate on their motivations for choosing to serve with CORElaborate. As the responses grew across the room, similar themes began to take shape.
"To interact with people all over the state, and the country."
"To learn and grow with other educators."
"To find out what works for my district."
"To get out the story of what it's like to be a teacher."
In the fourth year of its partnership between Ready Washington and PSESD, CORElaborate has become an example for effective educator collaboration through online engagement. Its roots trace back to 2013 when a motivated group of teacher leaders from the Puget Sound region began blogging about their classroom experiences and instructional practices. Fast forward two years: supported by a generous advocacy grant from College Spark Washington, PSESD and Ready Washington took the program statewide. The 2016 cadre built on the success of the Puget Sound Teacher Leaders through blogging on the CORElaborate website and tweeting (#WATeachLead) about standards-aligned practice. As we enter into another year with CORElaborate, we're excited to witness the continuation of the positive impact left by legacies of past Teacher Leaders across the state.
"If I'm going to advocate for changing education, I need to know the people who are fighting for that change."
We believe that teacher leadership is essential for successful, large-scale systemic change in education. After an incredibly competitive application process, we hired 12 exceptional Teacher Leaders across the state who embody this belief. Over the course of the next 11 months, these educators will be using the CORElaborate website to communicate their experiences in teaching and learning in alignment with the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards. Through weekly blog posts, Teacher Leaders will share stories of both the successes and challenges of life as an educator, and each new entry will serve as an opportunity for engagement and collaboration with teachers across the country. Additionally, each Teacher Leader will host and participate in monthly Twitter Chats on topics related to classroom experiences and instructional practices to amplify teacher voice to a wider audience.
Interested in lending your voice to the conversation? Each week you'll be able to read and comment on blog posts here on the CORElaborate website. Make sure to mark your calendars for the monthly #WATeachLead Twitter Chats, which take place on the second Sunday of each month at 7:00 p.m. PST. To find the chat, simply log on to Twitter and search #WATeachLead.
In the words of a returning CORElaborate Teacher Leader, "When you think about the amount of impact we can have for our kids across the state – we're better together."
2019 Washington State Teacher Leaders
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