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If you’ve been looking for a way to take your practice deeper and in community with other teacher leaders, the Arizona TeacherSolutions Team may be the opportunity for you.

Jan 27, 2021

For the past 10 years, the Arizona K12 Center has brought together more than a dozen teachers excited to invest in themselves and each other through the TeacherSolutions Team.

The Arizona TeachersSolutions Team® is a three-year commitment and includes monthly meetings, book studies, engagement in social media, planning and leading a breakout session at the annual Teacher Leadership Institute, and using the Center’s Professional Learning Plan to create and work toward a teacher leader development goal through the school year that is then included in the annual Teacher Leadership Report.

The past few years, TST has especially explored teacher inquiry, collaboration, and equity. The exact work and conversations of the TeacherSolutions, though, is largely guided by its members.

Mary Field is the Arizona K12 Center Professional Learning Director who facilitates the group, often called “TST” for short, and is continually looking for how to best support the teachers involved.

“It’s not about a really tight structure; it’s about experience,” she says. “Have we provided them with the tools and experience to step out and lead in places where they are most passionate in their spaces?”

Kareem Neal, Phoenix Union High School District special education teacher and 2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year, speaks highly of his three years on the Arizona TeacherSolutions. He especially credits TST with helping him develop his teacher voice and being able to better tell his story, share his perspective, and lead presentations, which he needed to do often as Teacher of the Year.

“I became a better presenter because of the TeacherSolutions Team; I gained confidence in speaking to large groups of people because of the TeacherSolutions Team,” he says. “You grow this network of the most fantastic and dedicated educators who are all rooting for you and trying to help uplift you in your educational journey.”

The Arizona K12 Center is currently accepting applications to join the next cycle of the Arizona TeacherSolutions Team. You can find more details about TST at this link and the application here. Applications must be submitted by March 26, 2021.

Field is excited about how TST will continue to grow. She uses the question “Is this program working for these teachers?” to guide the group and is also working to align TST to the new Arizona Teacher Leadership Standards.

“It’s small enough that you can foster individual growth,” she says, “just like we do with our students.”

Learn more about the Arizona TeachersSolutions Team at this link and contact Mary Field at mfield@azk12.org with any questions.

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