Salem State has launched the Teacher Leadership Certificate Program designed for participants who wish to learn and refine teacher leadership skills and seek to take on teacher leadership roles.
The certificate is a year-long program consisting of four courses. For those interested in formal leadership work, this one-year program can be counted as the first of a two-year sequence leading to a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership, leading to principal or assistant principal licensure.
“We are excited that this one-year certificate gives teachers an opportunity to bolster core leadership skills such as facilitating conversations with colleagues, designing and leading professional learning, and working with data. Moreover, for those interested in formal leadership work, this one-year program can be counted as the first of a two-year sequence leading to a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership, leading to principal or assistant principal licensure. This creates a seamless pathway for teacher leaders to also step into formal leadership work at some point in their career,” said Jacy Ippolito, associate professor of secondary and higher education, co-designer and program coordinator for the teacher leadership certificate.
Of the 18 students currently enrolled in this new program, 12 are educators from Salem Public Schools, participating as a district-supported cohort. Other participants come from Chelsea, Revere, and Wakefield.
“We know that teacher leadership is a key lever of change, and yet teachers are often not equipped with the skills necessary to enact that leadership, as it is fundamentally different work than that of teaching. This program seeks to build new perspectives and skills amongst teacher leaders that they can leverage to bring about important changes within their school and district contexts,” said Megin Charner-Laird, associate professor of childhood education and care, and co-designer of the new program.
The certificate is part of a larger vision of building an independent Center for Educational Leadership over the next five years. The Center for Educational Leadership will operate in close partnership with local leaders and school districts and would endeavor to have a voice in the national conversation about school and district leadership.