All teachers are capable of impacting student growth and systemic change, both within and beyond their own classroom. In this interactive course, we will use a strengths-based approach to explore the various ways you can bring your passion, knowledge, and equity-focused orientation to a variety of teacher leadership roles, ranging from leading teams to coaching and mentoring colleagues, and much more. We will look at the unique dispositions and skills that promote collegial learning among teaching peers, with a specific focus on why teacher leadership is more important now than ever. This course is recommended for classroom teachers, teacher-leaders, instructional coaches, or administrators hoping to gain an understanding of how they might promote teacher leadership at their school site(s).

Course Objectives

Participants will: 

  • Learn what is meant by the term “teacher leadership” and how teachers can serve in a variety of roles, both formally and informally 
  • Explore why and how teacher leaders play a critical role in promoting collaborative, equity-focused learning opportunities at their school site and beyond
  • Determine their personal passion areas and goals for teacher leadership, and next steps to take 

Course Details

  • Participants will meet in three online synchronous sessions (August 16, 17, & 18,  9:30-11:30am). Participants will also complete approximately 3 hours of asynchronous reading and coursework between sessions.
  • This course is offered for 9 clock hours. 
  • The registration fee for this course is $125. Teachers paying for their own registration out-of-pocket may select the discounted rate of $100. If you would like to support someone else to participate, you can select the $150 rate to contribute towards registration scholarships. 
  • Registration is limited. Please join our waitlist if the course becomes full. We will contact you in the event that a seat becomes available or an additional date/time of the course is created. For questions or to register a large group of educators, please contact

Meet the Instructors

Sylvia Bagley, Ph.D. is Director of the Teacher Leadership Master’s Specialization in the UW College of Education. She has worked with teacher leaders in grade spans ranging from Pre-K to college for 13 years, and has a special interest in helping teachers discover their passion areas for leading, both within and beyond the classroom. She is a former elementary school teacher, English Learner Coordinator, and Instructional Math Coach in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Kjell Stroomer-Rowe, Ph.D. has been a Mentor for Novice Teachers in Kent School District for the last 10 years. She trains mentors through OSPI’s Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) and runs a monthly BEST Mentor Roundtable. She is a National Board Certified teacher who formerly taught high school English in San Diego, Tukwila, and Renton. She is passionate about building capacity in school systems for teacher leaders, and has taught numerous courses through the University of Washington.