A team of Educators From Alhambra Presents at the U. S. Department of Education Teach to Lead: Teacher Leadership Summit in Washington, D. C.

Posted by Community Relations on 8/24/2015

A team of educators from Alhambra presented at the U. S. Department of Education Teach to Lead: Teacher Leadership Summit in Washington, D. C. July 22-24. Principal Claudio Coria, and teachers Cynthia Maher (ELL); Christina Yoder (Art), Jennifer Kaiser (Math) and Gayle Deaver (English) presented Alhambra’s teacher leadership model, their work with instructional leaders and PLC leaders, and partnerships with Grand Canyon University and the Arizona K-12 Center. The presentation, “Sustainable Teacher Leadership through In-house Support and Partnerships,” was delivered to a national audience of 26 teams, and Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan. Alhambra was one of the few school presentations, among the District or State-level teams.

The purpose of the summit was to allow participating educators to share and learn from examples of existing teacher leadership, identify shared issues, develop ideas to address those issues and create actionable leadership plans to execute in their schools, districts or states. The teams worked together, networking and building relationships with other educators.

Alhambra submitted the proposal in May after Coria and Dr. Chad Gestson met with Duncan and heard his initiative. The school was one of only two groups from Arizona selected.

“What a great experience for all of us. We have some things already going here at Alhambra because of this experience, Coria said. “Phoenix Union is once again on the national stage.”