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How Can I Participate? - Frequently Asked Questions

How much time am I required to be out of the classroom?

LT I
Session days for LT I–Real-World Workshops, with the exception of the opening overnight retreat, are held one day of the month during the school day. The overnight retreat runs from a Thursday to Friday afternoon in late September. The remaining seven session days are held monthly during the school day and so require teachers to miss one day of school a month from November through May.

Although 8 days out of the classroom during the year is a big commitment, teachers have found that these program days are highly informative, offer a rewarding way to build real-world connections between the classroom and the business world, and are incredibly energizing. As one teacher said, "[This program] has helped to swing me back to my original love of education–to open doors for kids."

LT II
With the exception of the first and last days, session days for LT II–Design and Implementation Seminar--are held outside of the school day and so do not require participants to miss much classroom time.

LT III
Aside from attending the Real World Education Conference in May, planning meetings for LT III--Real World Education Conference Planning Committee--are held outside of the school day and so do not require participants to miss much classroom time.

LT IV
Aside from attending the Real World Education Conference in May, planning meetings for LT IV--Alumni Planning and Advisory Committee--are held outside of the school day and so do not require participants to much classroom time.

Why does LT I meet during the school day/year?

The mission of Leadership Teacher is to build real-world connections between the classroom and the business world, which requires program days to run during a regular workday. Through networking and information and resource sharing during each session day, participants return to the classroom energized to try out various ideas and lesson plans with their school or school district. For this reason, participants appreciate the month between sessions to assimilate and share information with other teachers and with their students and to receive feedback on that information before focusing on a new curriculum area.

How much is program tuition?

The program tuition for districts to LT I–Real-World Workshops is $700/teacher for one teacher; $600/teacher for two teachers; $500/teacher for three or more teachers. Tuition includes program materials, all meals and supplies for the retreat, all meals for each of the seven session days, admission to the Real World Education Conference (a $99 value), and ongoing connection via the threaded discussion groups on the LT Web site.

The program tuition for districts for LT II–Design and Implementation Seminar is $300/teacher for one teacher or $275/teacher for two or more teachers and includes program materials, administration, facilitation, and ongoing connection via the threaded discussion groups on the LT Web site.

The program tuition for districts for LT III--Real World Education Conference Planning Committee--is $300/teacher for one teacher or $275/teacher for two or more teachers.

The program tuition for districts for LT IV--Alumni Planning and Advisory Committee--is $250/teacher.

Can I earn graduate credits?

Through an agreement with Plymouth State University, participants in LT I, LT II, and LT III may earn six pre-Masters or post-Masters graduate credits. Participants in LT IV may earn eight pre-Masters or post-Masters graduate credits. (Click here for more information).

How do I apply for graduate credits?

LT I, LT II, LT III, and LT IV program participants who elect to earn graduate credits through Plymouth State University may download the appropriate Graduate Course Registration Form and after completing the form, should mail it with payment of directly to:

GRADUATE STUDIES IN EDUCATION
17 HIGH STREET MSC 11B
PLYMOUTH, NH 03264

Click here to access your appropriate Graduate Course Registration Form.

What is the value of participating in LT I program days outside my area of expertise?

One of the goals of Leadership Teacher's programs is to increase awareness of the cross-curricular nature of most careers and to address a recognized need in the business world for employees to work effectively in group settings with people of various backgrounds and interests. In addition, teachers have an incredible opportunity to increase career awareness among their students and to help students appreciate how classroom work is relevant to future career paths, no matter what field a student may choose to pursue.

How does the program work for such a broad audience–K-12 teachers?

Leadership Teacher is committed to catalyzing dialogue about common issues faced by educators across the K-12 continuum and exploring innovative ways for educators to collaborate and establish networking channels to strengthen curriculum flow from K-12.

Who Plans LT I's Session Days?

Leadership Teacher coordinates LT I affiliate programs in partnership with local Chambers of Commerce and other interested organizations.

Volunteer steering committees of business and educator co-chairs meet monthly to plan LT I session days and provide feedback on program development.

Leadership Teacher works closely with each LT I affiliate program to maintain high quality standards and program consistency. Through research, session day evaluations, year-end surveys, and long-term program evaluations, Leadership Teacher continuously upgrades and improves the program.

Why Should Businesses or Sponsors Participate?

By being a program sponsor, hosting a session day, or participating as a keynote speaker, businesses and sponsors have a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue with educators and explore innovative business-to-education partnerships that work at the community level to strengthen our schools.

Who Should Apply?

Leadership Teacher seeks educators who are innovative in their classrooms, schools, or school districts and who are committed to their important role of developing the future workforce. Any K-12 teacher from a public, private, or parochial school is eligible to apply to our programs. We have teachers of all grade levels and subject areas participate, and also have had educators participate who are more focused on school-wide or district-wide curriculum development or administrative work than classroom work. The application process is competitive since we are committed to class sizes no larger than 21 and balanced numbers of elementary, middle, and high school teacher participants.

What is the Application Process?

Educators interested in applying to Leadership Teacher must submit an online application, available on our Web site, and have their principal and/or assistant superintendent or superintendent sign the application as well. Please mail the signed application to: Leadership Teacher, PO Box 2255, Concord, NH 03301.

How Many Teachers Should A School District Send?

We recommend that school districts send teams of teachers from each level (a minimum of two each from elementary, middle, and high school) to encourage collaboration and teambuilding within individual school buildings. At a minimum, we encourage school districts to send at least one elementary, one middle, and one high school teacher. When districts send teachers from all levels there is a common thread in service curriculum that develops.

When Should I Apply?

The online application process for LT I, LT II, LT III, and LT IV begins in the spring of each school year with priority applications accepted through the end of the school year. From June until mid-October, we accept applications into our programs as space allows.

How Can I Participate in the Program?

If you are a K-12 educator interested in applying to a regional LT I affiliate program, a Chamber of Commerce, or other organization, interested in establishing an affiliate program in your area, interested in volunteering on a local affiliate program steering committee, a business interested in speaking at or hosting an LT session day, or interested in being a program sponsor of Leadership Teacher, please click here to fill out our form for more information.

What if a Leadership Teacher program is not currently being offered in my region?

If a Leadership Teacher program is not currently being offered in your region, find out how you, your school, or your business can participate in Leadership Teacher by contacting us directly at: info@leadershipteacher.org

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