VIRTUAL 15th Annual Teacher Leadership Institute: Elevating Student Voice through Teacher Leadership

VIRTUAL 15th Annual Teacher Leadership Institute: Elevating Student Voice through Teacher Leadership

The 15th Annual Teacher Leadership Institute is going virtual!

In an effort to put the health and safety of leaders and learners first, we are opening up this annual event to be a FREE VIRTUAL TWO-DAY EXPERIENCE this year.

For over a decade and a half, this event has supported educators across Arizona, ensuring their voice is heard on behalf of the students they serve. This year’s event will focus on how we can leverage our leadership skills to heighten and provide a platform for student voice, identity, and perspectives. We fully believe students come to us with their own voice, and, when we provide them space and time, powerful things can result from it. Teacher leaders and school teams can look forward to amazing general session speakers, the vast talent of the Arizona TeacherSolutions® Team, and connecting with other teacher leaders from across our state through an online platform. Our aim is to create opportunities for participants to learn, engage with the content, and to engage amongst one another as a way to collaborate and network.

Due to the overwhelming positive feedback around last year’s general session facilitator, Cornelius Minor will be joining us again this year! Minor works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe.

Along with Minor, we will be welcoming two new speakers: Cinnamon Kills First and Kass Minor.  

Cinnamon Kills First is from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. She infuses Native American studies, creative writing, and her own wisdom traditions. Kills First is a cross-cultural communicator who believes that writing fosters healing and is committed to facing hard truths in order to bring about change. Kills First’s beadwork, writing, and documentary films combat harmful stereotypes and cultural appropriation by offering honest, self-representation on behalf of herself and her people.

Kass Minor is an inclusive educator who is deeply involved in local, inquiry-based teacher research, and school community development. Her work is inspired by the communities that surround her and motivated by the idea that every adult can teach and every student can learn. She facilitates critical conversations that lead to improved, engaged, and more powerful teaching practices, allowing loveful pedagogies to persist in the realm of teaching and learning.

Additional Information

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the 2020 Teacher Leadership Report, you must register to attend by June 1, 2020 and submit your mailing address at this link: We will have an electronic copy of the report available as well.

Please contact Kristin Moon at prior to June 8, 2020 if you require accommodations, such as closed captioning, for this virtual event.

Event access will be emailed to participants in the days prior to the event.

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