Teacher Leadership Book Study Update

We plan to offer 4 Teacher Leadership Book Studies again during the 2018-19 school year.  To sign up and participate, click here.  Our Teacher Leadership Book Studies are funded using Title II funds, which are federal funds that support on-going professional development and teacher leadership. The meeting will be in the PDC from 4:00-6:00 PM; for each book there will be two meeting dates from which to choose:

  1. 10/16 & 10/17
  2. 1/23 & 1/24
  3. 2/26 & 2/27
  4. 4/10 & 4/11

During the 2017-18 school year we read and discussed 4 books in the book study:

  1. The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros
  2. Shift This: How to Implement Gradual Changes for MASSIVE Impact in Your Classroom by Joy Kirr
  3. Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap: Liberating Mindsets to Effect Change (Reduce Inequality in Education and Examine School Roles in Superiority and Victim Mindsets) by Anthony Muhammad
  4.  Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for your Students and Staff by Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf



Title II, Part A, Supporting Effective Instruction is a federal categorical program contained in the Consolidated Application. The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts: (1) improve teacher and principal quality through professional development and other activities, and (2) providing low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders.  The Federal Guidelines for Title II, Part A use address 5 key areas:

  1. Multiple Pathways to Teaching and Leading
  2. Induction and Mentorship
  3. Meaningful Evaluation and Support
  4. Strong Teacher Leadership
  5. Transformational School Leadership

The Sweetwater Union High School District has a Title II Committee, comprised of site and district teachers and leaders, who conduct an annual needs assessment and set a plan for Title II, Part A funding.


Teacher Leadership Academy Informational Meetings:

Teacher Leadership Aacdemy Participants in 2017-18 were:

  • Melody Brown
  • Maria Canales
  • Sara Chai
  • Candice DeVore
  • Aceneth Foster
  • Sophia Gray
  • Alicia Johal
  • Ashley Jones
  • Nicole Link
  • Melissa Rains
  • Jason Reisenfeld
  • Hayley Salazar
  • Anna Savino
  • Mari Venturino
  • Gina Woodward


Looking for personalized learning?  See below (and the twitter tab) for some free online options!

EdCamp:  EdCamps are “participant-driven professional learning experiences created by educators, for educators”.  The Sweetwater Edcamp 619 will take place on August 26!

CoffeeEDU: Another “unconference” created by educators for educators, this is simply a one hour meet-up of educators who want to talk to other educators about key issues in education.

Micro Credentials and Digital Badges: The new wave of adult professional growth is coming to SUHSD!  Read here for research on micro credentials: competency-based, personalized, on-demand, and shareable. Did you know that Illuminate offers digital badges?

MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses are offered FREE from universities around the globe – see below for some links to MOOC offerings.  MOOCs are often self-paced classes available to individuals looking to expand their knowledge base in a variety of areas, with curriculum shared via videos, articles, and discussion forums for collaboration.

TED Talks:  TED Talks are a great way to enhance your own professional growth.  Browse the 2,000+ TED Talks available here to learn more about areas of your own professional interest.