NCCAT Teacher Leadership Institute

Ocracoke, June 22 - 26, 2015

North Carolina’s Teachers of the Year are invited to join us on Ocracoke to examine educational leadership and positive responses to institutional change. Teachers of the Year have heard the call to leadership, but what is the next step? Discover how to continue your growth as an educational professional. True leadership emerges naturally from the integrity and identity of the leader. Explore your own integrity and selfhood in a community of other dedicated teachers who are embracing leadership in their own lives. Look into your leadership strengths and areas of growth by focusing on challenges inside and outside the educational realm. This seminar will not focus on management principles. Rather, taking our own lives as text, we will explore our inner landscapes to become more conscious of the foundation from which we lead. Join in our dialogue about how teachers can spread their enthusiasm for learning to other members of the school community.

Instructional Outcomes:

  • identify and discuss ways you demonstrate leadership in your classroom, school, and the teaching profession.

  • identify and discuss ways you lead by advocating for students and the school.

  • identify and discuss ways to process change and how to make the most of the challenges and opportunities within a fast changing world of education.

  • identify and begin developing a plan to create a necessary outcome at your school or district level which demonstrates teacher leadership.

  • connect with other teacher leaders across the state to form supportive networks using interactive technology.

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First things first...introductions

So that we can make the most of our time at NCCAT--as well as build supportive networks with other educators across North Carolina--let's get to know one another. Please click here to share where you live and 3 things about yourself - the 3 P's - using an online tool called Padlet. Please share one thing Professional, Personal, and Peculiar, as well as leadership positions you have held or currently hold.
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Seminar and Ferry Schedules

Click here updated seminar schedule. Click here for NC Ferry Division information.

Teacher Leadership Resources

Below are several links to leadership resources for you to explore as we prepare for our session at NCCAT. We realize that time is extremely valuable to you but hope you will benefit from reviewing these resources. If you have comments or questions about these resources--or would like to share any yourself--please email NCCAT Center Fellow Alton Ballance, at and I will add those resources below.

Standard 1 North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards

Great Teachers Don't Always Want to Become Principals

U.S. Coast Guard Leadership Model: Character in Action

U.S. Coast Guard personnel from the Motor Lifeboat Station in Hatteras will be joining us for several sessions to share their leadership model and how their branch of service has to be resourceful and do more with less. They will also explain how young people only a few years out of high school are trusted to operate boats in challenging weather like the one pictured below. For a video of the 47 foot motor lifeboat's heavy weather operational capability click here. For videos of women in leadership positions in the U.S. Coast Guard click here and here.
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Understanding Teacher Leadership

Please read Chapter 1 from Marilyn Katzenmeyer and Gayle Moller's book Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Helping Teachers Develop as Leaders (click here). We will discuss this chapter during the seminar.

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Leadership Reflection Questions

Please reflect on the questions below since these topics will surface during our week together. If you'd like to comment on any of these questions before coming to Ocracoke please email NCCAT Center Fellow Alton Ballance, at

  1. What qualities does a good leader possess?
  2. What is the role of character in leadership?
  3. How do we cultivate caring relationships and build strong alliances - upon which teamwork and leadership depend?
  4. How do we promote team over self?
  5. How do we make change the norm and continue sailing uncharted waters?
  6. What are the most effective ways for teacher leaders to have an impact on emerging education issues?
  7. How do we empower our students with responsibility - even at their young ages- so the will eventually become leaders who will change the world?