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Teacher Leadership in a Union-Led Program Designed to Support and Retain Early-Career Teachers

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Teacher Leadership in a Union-Led Program Designed to Support and Retain Early-Career Teachers

Presented by Tasha Osten, School Counselor, Raymond Central Public Schools (NE); Kristina Pittman, High School English Teacher, Farmington Public Schools (MI); Jeremy Gold, High School History Teacher, Farmington Public Schools (MI); Shelly Rosene, Q-Comp Coach & SPED Teacher, Anoka-Hennepin School District (MN); and Hillary Greene Nolan, Education Researcher, Digital Promise

Sponsored by Digital Promise Center for Inclusive Innovation

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View this edLeader Panel to learn about a union-led program designed to support and retain early-career teachers through complementary supports: a building-based mentor and a virtual instructional coach. While the program focused mainly on teacher induction, it simultaneously elevated the mentors and coaches—practicing teachers themselves—into teacher leadership roles that allowed them to share expertise and grow in their own practices.

Panelists also delve into the collaborative work alumni mentors and coaches did following the pilot program to design resources and professional learning for current mentors and coaches. This panel of three mentors and one coach reflects on and discusses what it was like to be empowered as teacher leaders through these various opportunities within this pilot program, and what advice these experienced teacher leaders would give to leaders who are looking to elevate more teachers into such roles.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, and anyone interested in teacher retention and induction.

Tasha Osten

About the Presenters

Tasha Osten has been a school counselor in Nebraska for 12 years and currently works in the Raymond Central Public Schools. She has experience in teaching, working as an admissions counselor for a private college, and as a behavioral treatment specialist school liaison for a behavioral treatment youth group home. Tasha lives in Seward, NE with her husband, Ed. They have two children and two dogs.

Kristina Pittman

Kristina Pittman is a high school English teacher at North Farmington High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan. In addition to mentoring new teachers, she also serves as a national literacy trainer, instructional coach, teacher consultant, curriculum writer, AP English exam reader, and her district’s Teaching and Learning Committee facilitator.

Jeremy Gold

Jeremy Gold has taught history, political science and economics at Farmington High School in Michigan for 25 years, and has presented at several conferences on methodologies for teaching history. He is dedicated to helping young teachers, which led him to working with ELP.

Shelly Rosene

Shelly Rosene, a special education teacher in Minnesota, supports teachers and support staff through her role as a peer coach. She is passionate about inclusive education and empowering new teachers.

Hillary Greene Nolan

Hillary Greene Nolan is an Education Researcher at Digital Promise. One of her current research interests is how technology has influenced and will influence teachers’ practices, roles, and the profession itself. She has a Ph.D. in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Michigan and is a former middle school humanities teacher.

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Digital Promise’s Center for Inclusive Innovation reimagines education research and development (R&D) by resourcing the creative ingenuity of communities working in partnership with school districts to create equitable powerful learning opportunities for students furthest from opportunity. The foundation for Inclusive Innovation is anchored in a set of core tenets that embody an equity-centered approach to research and development. The tenets define how we deliberately support teams in co-constructing an inclusive R&D culture that enables equitable leadership and contribution.

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