WCSD recognizes that Teacher Leaders utilize a different set of skills and knowledge leading adults than they use when leading students. The effective Teacher Leader continuously applies their knowledge and skills in Adult Learning Theory, coaching, mentoring, facilitating professional learning, leading collaborative teams, advocating for equitable practices, and managing resistance that can come from change. They do this by working alongside their colleagues in a non-supervisory role. Teacher Leaders are continually growing to improve their abilities through professional learning and reflective practice.
Teacher Leadership Pool (TLP) is changing from an interview process to a prerequisite/competency model. This change is meant to support aspiring teacher leaders in their skill and knowledge development in working with adults.
-Increasing one’s capacity in Teacher Leadership is valued.
-TLP is intended to ensure people have the right skills for the job.
-TLP is not meant to be exclusive, all candidates with the skills and knowledge for the work are encouraged to be in the pool.
-TLP was moving in a competency-based direction beginning 2022-23, we are beginning one year earlier due to legislative changes from the 2021 session.
What is the new process?
Educators who take three courses in teacher leadership within the past five years will be in the TLP upon completion of the three courses and submission of transcripts and a survey. They are then in the pool permanently as long as they remain Effective or higher in annual evaluations. A link to submit transcripts and take a survey (see link below) and candidates may submit at any time, there is no deadline.
Any educator who has not yet fulfilled the three-course requirement or is already in the TLP may apply for a TOSA position. If a candidate is selected for a TOSA position and is not in the TLP, they will have 3 years and must take 3 courses in Teacher Leadership during this time. Teacher Leadership courses may be taken during contract time.
A list of courses is available on this website. Educators may also submit courses through the in-service division, such as a book study or take from another agency. If interested in an in-service course or another agency, please contact for pre-approval to ensure it will satisfy the course requirement.
What if I am already in the Teacher Leadership Pool?
TLP members who are in the pool and have not yet re-qualified will be eligible to re-qualify. Re-qualification consists of a task that asks candidates to reflect on their leadership work and their goals. Those who have already re-qualified once will be in the TLP permanently as long as they remain Effective or higher in annual evaluations.
Click here to apply to the Teacher Leadership Pool.
Teacher Leadership Courses that satisfy the professional learning requirement:
Braving This New World: How to Navigate Through Difficult Change- NASA
Building Your Capacity as a Teacher Leader- WCSD
Coaching Conversations Book Study- WCSD
Coaching for Teacher Leaders Summer Institute- WCSD/NWRPDP
Dare to Lead Book Study- NWRPDP
Designing Professional Learning from the Presenter's Perspective- WCSD
Early Learning Institute- National Education Association
ELD Book Club: Student-Centered Coaching- WCSD
Foundational Institute for Coaches - WCSD/New Teacher Center
Foundations of Mentoring- WCSD
Instructional Support Institute “Blue Friday” -WCSD
Leading Collaborative Teams- WCSD/NWRPDP
Learning Facilitator Coaching Institute-WCSD
Learning-Focused Relationships- NWRPDP
Master Lead Teacher Program- WCSD/NWRPDP
Observation and Feedback-WCSD
Strategies for Building Capacity Through Effective Teacher Leadership Practices-WCSD
Teachers Leading Change - NWRPDP
Teacher Leadership Certificate- UNLV (all who complete the 4 courses will be admitted to the pool-click here for info)
Teacher Leadership Institute- National Education Association
Upleveling Today's Leaders and Educators (NASA-Nevada)
NEA courses listed in attachment below
Other courses as applicable, please contact us if you have taken or are interested in a course outside of this list to check that it qualifies.
Upcoming Teacher Leadership Courses through NEA:
Information on asynchronous courses offered in Teacher Leadership through the Nevada Education Association is available here. These self-paced, free, online courses are rigorous and can be used for Nevada Licensure renewal though do not qualify for WCSD salary advancement.
Upcoming Teacher Leadership Courses in MyPGS:
#15081 Leading Collaborative Teams/Groups at Work
As Teacher Leaders, we play an important role in improving student achievement not just in our classrooms, but also by supporting the effectiveness of our collaborative teams by facilitating inquiry, building capacity for reflection and collaborative skills for ourselves and others, and building a culture of openness and trust.
This course will explore how to support and develop collaborative groups to be more effective, efficient, and productive in serving our students. Participants will investigate the practices and premises that build the capacity of the group as a whole and the individual members including practical strategies for focusing attention, processing information, and building relationships. When groups are engaged in safe and supportive working structures, they develop awareness of their own habits that contribute to the success of the group and the skills of others.
#13197 Designing Professional Learning from the Presenter's Perspective
This course is designed for the novice as well as the intermediate presenter. It is offered for presenters who would like to refine their workshop design and delivery skills, such as: establishing rapport and group norms, using visual aids, facilitating active participation, handling difficult participants, co-presenting and much more.
Offered 11/3/2022, 11/4/2022, and 11/5/2022
#12466 Building Your Capacity as a Teacher Leader
This course is for teachers who are considering site or district leadership roles such as an implementation specialist, program coordinator, or instructional coach. Course content will focus on building your capacity as a leader among peers through exploration of a variety of leadership topics such as: Adult Learning Theory, Differentiated Leadership, Change Management, Coaching, Observation and Feedback, and Facilitating Groups.
#14754 Book Study - Coaching Conversations (Cheliotes & Reilly)
The course is meant for educators at the beginner to intermediate level of experience with coaching. The course will equip teacher leaders with knowledge and skills in the impact of coaching, committed listening, reflective feedback, coaching strategies, and more. The course can be taken for in-service credit (salary advancement and licensure renewal hours) or during contract time (licensure renewal hours only). Any group of two or more interested certified employees may submit for their own study group to complete this course.
Offered: Any time
Questions? Email Marissa McClish