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    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 for the schedule of Teacher Leadership Pool Information Sessions. 

    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

    Early Learning Institute- National Education Association 

    ELD Book Club: Student-Centered Coaching- WCSD

    Foundations of Mentoring- WCSD

    Instructional Support Institute “Blue Friday” -WCSD

    Leading Collaborative Teams- WCSD/NWRPD

    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)

    Transformational Coaching-WCSD

    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:



    #14948 NASA - Braving This New World

    Braving This New World: How to Navigate Through Difficult Change

    This engaging workshop will give you tools to navigate through change with more energy,
    ease and peace of mind. You’ll learn how to gain a sense of empowerment and control
    during change. You’ll also learn to identify predictable patterns of behavior during change
    so you can communicate more effectively during conflict and difficult transitions.
    • Adapting to Change - Understand predictable patterns of behavior during change and learn techniques to adapt more quickly and easily.
    • Change the Direction of Your Connection - Learn the 4 dominant behavior styles known by the acronym DISC. Learn to identify your style and the styles of those around you so you can adapt and communicate more effectively.
    • Conflict - We’re all on a personal journey through change, and no two people respond exactly the same. This can create conflict. Learn strategies to communicate through conflict, navigate difficult conversations, recognize and reduce defensive behavior.
    • Paradigms, Positivity and Problem-Solving - Learn about the science of positivity and how it impacts your ability to navigate through change. Learn techniques to elevate your happiness, increase creativity and improve your problem-solving abilities.
    September 14, 2022 - September 15, 2022

    #12601 Observation and Feedback

    Topics for this highly interactive course include: types of observation evidence, evidence vs opinion, scripting, observation tools, adult learning theory, the language of data-driven feedback, and the four standards, among others.  The class is built around practice time, watching classroom videos, sharing observation techniques, using the feedback template and conducting planning and reflecting conversations, based upon the four standards of the Teacher Professional Growth System.  The instructors for this course are Consulting Teachers who have considerable experience as instructors and as mentors who observe teachers and give feedback.

    Offered: 10/13/2021-11/3/2021 and 4/20/2022- 5/11/2022


    #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 cours 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