2020 Illinois Teacher Leadership Summit Powered by Teach to Lead Application
We are excited to announce a collaboration among United States Department of Education Powered by Teach to Lead, ECET2, Teach Plus, The Illinois State Teachers of the Year and Finalists (ILSTOY) and DKG (Illinois). The Illinois Teacher Leadership Summit is a great opportunity for teachers to develop concrete plans to solve local problems in their districts and network with other teachers in the state. It is a unique opportunity for teachers to spotlight groundbreaking teacher-led work happening across the state of Illinois. At this Summit we will be combining the best elements of several organizations. The Summit will be held March 6-7, 2020 in Bloomington, Illinois.

In Bloomington, educators from across the state will work to collaborate, problem solve, and develop action plans to put their own expertise into action. Our hope is to attract exceptional educators from across the state to use teacher leadership as a vehicle to change the face of education.

All active educators are welcome to submit projects as individuals but we ask that you bring a team of stakeholders (teachers, principals, administrators, school board members, etc.) to make the most progress at the Summit. Most members of your team MUST be a practicing classroom teacher.

You must cover the cost for your hotel ($84), meals, materials and PD hours ($85). There is no additional registration fee. You can submit a project for the Summit regardless of where you live in Illinois, but travel costs are not covered, so please keep that in mind when you apply.

The deadline for project submissions for the Illinois Summit is March 10th, 2019, at 11:59 pm CT. All project submissions must be completed and submitted by this date and time.

As space is limited for each Summit, project submissions will be reviewed, and invitations for participation, with registration details, will be emailed to those accepted. Please read the criteria below carefully before submitting your project.

We look forward to reviewing your application and working together for the benefit of our students in Illinois.

Debra LeBlanc- Illinois DKG, President
Josh Kaufmann- Executive Director Teach Plus
Pam Reilly- Instructional Coach, Plano District #88

Summit participants must:
• Have an actionable teacher leadership project.
• Pay for or obtain sponsorship of your travel.
• The majority of your team must be practicing classroom educators.
• Commit to taking implementation steps following Summit participation.
• Be available to attend the ENTIRE Summit on both April 5th and 6th.

Submitted projects must:
• Allow teachers to lead from the classroom.
• Identify an area of need or target a specific problem.
• Develop and implement approaches that address the need or solve the problem.
• Utilize teachers’ professional experiences and expertise.
• Promote collaborative work among multiple stakeholders.
• Seek to create systemic supports for teacher leadership.
• Be viable in the local context and sustainable over time.
• Be able to show measurable progress over time.

Submitted projects may:
• Focus on any level of change – the school, district, or state.
• Be functioning at any stage of development - an emerging project requiring input and buy-in from stakeholders; something currently being developed in collaboration with recruited stakeholders; or something that has been implemented which is ripe for improvement or expansion.

Project submissions will be scored in the following areas of focus:

The extent to which the proposed project will have a beneficial impact on the target population. This is a holistic score not tied to a specific question

*Clarity of Project:
The project submission clearly states their project in a way that is understandable and shows forethought.

Team leader engaged with necessary stakeholders and others in their project and application, noting any support already received or barriers identified.

*Population Served:
The percentage of free and reduced-price lunch students in the population being served by the project

*The Range of Impact:
Extent of reach in and beyond the classroom

Obstacles are identified and indicate significant clarity or understanding of the challenges that will be faced

Dr. Debra LeBlanc
Email address *
What is the title for your project?
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Describe your project in 300 words or less. What would success look like? *
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Who/What will your project impact/benefit? Please be specific. (students, educators, community, etc.) *
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What potential obstacles do you foresee in implementing your project? *
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What resources are necessary to make this project successful? *
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Complete the following contact information for the person who is your Team Lead. It is the responsibility of the Team Lead to: attend the entire Summit, communicate information to your team regarding the Summit, complete reports as requested regarding your team's progress, and be an active participant in the development and implementation of your project. Please include the following information for your Team Lead: Name, School/Organization, School Address, Work Email Address, Work Phone Number, Title *
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Complete the following HOME contact information for the Team Lead: Address, Email Phone Number. *
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I understand that I am not submitting a proposal to present at a conference. *
Have you previously attended a Teach to Lead Summit or ECET2 Conference? If so, which ones? *
If you've attended one or more previous Teach to Lead Summits; please list the names of your proposal(s) below.
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What is the name of the school district or organization that is your primary employer? *
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What is the name of your school building (if this applies)? *
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Will this project primarily impact a private, public, or charter school? *
Location of the school this project will impact: *
Grade Level of Students this project will impact: (Check all that apply). *
Do you work at a Title 1 school? *
My project is not related to the work of a for-profit company. *
Please indicate the administrator you have spoken to support this work. Please list their names and contact information. *
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We will provide you with a critical friend to help you before, during and after the Summit to find solutions to your proposed problem. What skill set would you like your critical friend to have?Examples; Bilingual, experience working in high school, special education experience, etc. *
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If you have any questions or would like confirmation that your application is completed, please contact: Dr. Debra LeBlanc- dleblancedd@gmail.com
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