Collaborative Approach to Build Teacher Leadership and Innovate the Education Workforce
Who are the effective leaders in your school, district, or organization? How would your climate and culture improve through more distributed leadership? The Region 15 Comprehensive Center, a federally funded technical assistance center, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education, and Arizona State University- investigated how a distributed leadership model could improve classroom culture, increase educator recruitment and retention, and lead to improved student outcomes. This session will feature broad research on the impacts of teacher leadership. It will also highlight the potential for state education agencies (SEAs), institutes of higher education (IHEs) and regional comprehensive centers (RCCs) to collaborate in support of local education agencies (LEAs), leveraging federal funding to build effective classroom models. Participants will gain an understanding of the possibilities to innovate educator workforce models through teacher leadership.
Bruce has more than 20 years experience in education as teacher, mentor, technology specialist, professional developer, curriculum designer and administrator.
Andi Fourlis is the superintendent of Mesa Public Schools. Her career began in 1992 as a teacher in the Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix. She joined the Scottsdale Unified School District in 1996 where she spent 19 years as a teacher, director, executive director and assistant superintendent. In 2015 she joined the Arizona Science Center as the Chief Learning Officer. In 2017 she joined Mesa Public Schools as the assistant superintendent of teaching and learning. She served as deputy superintendent in 2019 and was selected to lead the district as superintendent in 2020. Throughout her 24-year career she has used strategic thinking to ignite meaningful learning for students and adults. Andi's education includes a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a focus on English as a Second Language from Arizona State University, a Master's degree from Northern Arizona University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Arizona State University. It was during her doctoral work that she truly learned the power of public education and its impact on social justice and social cohesion. She is a native of Arizona and began her schooling in Mesa Public Schools.
As Senior Director of Whole-School Models & Scaled Support, Lisa leads the team’s support for schools and systems exploring and implementing Next Education Workforce team-based models. Lisa sets the strategic direction for, and oversees the operationalization of, the scaled support the Next Education Workforce team offers, including professional learning, direct technical assistance and resource development for PK-12 schools and systems. Lisa works with the Executive Director and Sr. Director of National Networks to strategically design systems and structures that meet a large, and expanding, national demand for Next Education Workforce models. Lisa has over 25 years of experience in PK-12 and higher education. Prior to joining ASU, Lisa was a teacher and leader in elementary, high school and community college settings for twenty years. An Arizona native and a former Peace Corps volunteer, Lisa holds a B.A. in English from the University of San Diego and a Masters of Education degree from UCLA.