Building STEM Teacher Leadership
Reflections by the STEM teacher leader community on opportunities and gaps in STEM teacher leader development efforts
About this Resource
This resource was authored by expert practitioners in the field of STEM teacher leadership for use by other practitioners.
Collaborating in Research Action Clusters, the expert practitioners drew on their own professional expertise, as well as in-depth conversations with STEM teacher leader program staff. This resource provides a launching-off point for teachers, teacher leaders, administrators, policymakers, funders, and STEM professionals to examine issues and roles in building STEM teacher leadership; the information is not intended as research findings.
The STEM teacher leader field continues to evolve and over time, other topics will undoubtedly emerge as priorities. One such topic may be the role of STEM teacher leaders in supporting Pre-Kindergarten education, which may be added to this resource in the future.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Education.
What are the Research Action Clusters (RACs)?
During July 2015, SRI International and Policy Studies Associates (PSA), with support from the U.S. Department of Education, hosted a convening of the STEM teacher leader community to reflect on current STEM teacher leader development efforts and to identify the focus areas for Research Action Clusters. Over 60 state and district policymakers, school leaders, practitioners, and nonprofit organization leaders from across the county attended the convening, in addition to representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and the project’s advisors, selected for their expertise in STEM education, teacher leadership development, and education policy. These participants represented a wide range of perspectives on STEM teacher leadership—on leading programs that develop or support teacher leaders, participating in teacher leader programs, and serving in teacher leadership roles.
In discussions drawing together these perspectives, participants identified the following six topics:
- Models of STEM Teacher Leadership
- Elementary STEM Teacher Leaders
- Administrator Support for STEM Teacher Leadership
- From Teacher Candidate to STEM Teacher Leader
- Building STEM Teacher Leader Networks
- Evaluation of Teacher Leadership Programs
Participants in the July 2015 convening who were interested in pursuing the initiative further were invited to join the Research Action Clusters. The Research Action Clusters met and collaborated virtually during the 2015-16 school year, with facilitation from SRI and PSA.
Who are the Research Action Cluster members?
Practitioners and experts in STEM and teacher leadership collaborated in Research Action Clusters and were supported by researchers at SRI and PSA. The practitioners represented a range of stakeholders across STEM and other content domains, including representatives from programs that develop or support teacher leaders, participants in teacher leader programs, and teacher leaders.
Research Action Cluster Members
|Josh Barnett, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
Brooke Barron, Tallassee City Schools (AL)
Rolf Blank, National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC)
Kareen Borders, Olympic Educational Service District 114
Brooke Bourdelat-Parks, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
Sheron Brown, formerly of Teach Plus
Andy Byerley, Forest Grove School District (OR)
Mark Calhoun, Aurora Public Schools/Mathematics Teacher Leadership Center
Melissa Collins, Shelby County Schools (TN)
Melinda Curless, Kentucky Department of Education
Mauro Díaz, Dean Morgan Middle School (WY)
Dennis Dotterer, South Carolina Department of Education
Kevin Drinkard, New Teacher Center
Tami Fitzgerald, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Elaine Franklin, Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership
Joseph Greco, Saratoga Springs City School District/NY Master Teachers Program Partner
Linda Hargan, Collaborative for Teaching and Learning
Margaret Harrison, District of Columbia Public Schools
Gretchen Hazelwood, Aurora Public Schools/Mathematics Teacher Leadership Center
Doreen Heath Lance, California Math Project: North Coast
Heather Hotchkiss, Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)
Stephanie Johnson, Battelle Education
|Katherine Kanim, Math and Science Partnership Program (NM)
Barbara Kozak, West Forest Intermediate Opelika City Schools (AL)
Elisa López, Math for America
Sharon Lynch, George Washington University
Joseph Manko, Baltimore City Public Schools (MD)
W. Gary Martin, TEAM-Math, Auburn University
Camsie McAdams, The New Teacher Project
Jeff Milbourne, Office of U.S. Congressman Michael M. Honda
Jodie Novak, The Mathematics Teacher Leadership Center – Teacher Leadership Program
Jane Porath, Traverse City East Middle School (MI)
Reo Pruiett, Educate Texas T-STEM Network
Jeff Rozelle, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
John Settlage, University of Connecticut
Lori Shaw, Auburn University Teacher Leader Fellow/Opelika City Schools (AL)
Nancy Spillane, West Virginia University
Lauren Thompson Allen, District of Columbia Public Schools
James Troupis, Noble Network of Charter Schools
Kristan Van Hook, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
Deborah Walker, Collaborative for Teaching and Learning
Andrew Ward, Arizona Master Teacher Program
David Wilson, SUNY Buffalo State/NY State Master Teacher Program
Joey Wilson, Teach for America
Sarah Young, Utah State Office of Education