“The case could be made that what teachers know of schools and of life in them, their purposes, their problems, their strengths, and how to make them better, is the most appropriate knowledge base for understanding this profession.”
- Eleanor R. Duckworth, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Professor of Education, Emerita
With the explosion of non-administrative leadership positions in schools in the past decade, schools and systems now understand how critical mentor teachers, instructional coaches, and leaders of instructional teams or departments are to supporting teacher development and student growth. Access to these instructional leadership roles - and support in fulfilling them - is also an important part of ensuring that the best teachers remain in their schools as leaders while continuing to teach.
Asking excellent teachers of students to support or oversee the professional growth of their teacher peers is not easy; there can be no assumption of a transfer of knowledge and skill from teaching students to supporting and developing colleagues. Effectively supporting expert classroom teachers in becoming powerful instructional leaders requires they have access to meaningful learning opportunities that address the complexities of leading teacher growth and development.
Participating in Instructional Leadership Certificate (ILC) coursework is an opportunity for teachers to distinguish themselves as teacher leaders who are knowledgeable and supportive resources in their professional communities. Becoming a member of the ILC cohort allows you to gain and contribute expertise through a series of courses designed to meld HGSE faculty expertise, the latest research, and the knowledge and insights of fellow practitioners.
- Build skills which surface and model effective practice to lead adult learners
- Engage with relevant problems of practice that address common challenges of instructional leadership
- Apply knowledge, skills, and insights to practice leadership in one’s own professional context
- Join an active community of educators
How to Earn Your Certificate
The Instructional Leadership Certificate (ILC) consists of four 6-week online courses designed to build capacity in those who serve or aspire to serve in instructional leadership roles, such as mentors, coaches, department chairs, grade level lead, and facilitators of professional development. All courses address three certificate throughlines: Advanced Instructional Excellence; Leading and Motivating Educators; Aligning Purpose and Practice.
The courses are asynchronous via our Canvas learning platform and are divided into six one-week modules, which consist of three to four hours of work per week that include a practice challenge for participants to apply learning in their context. There are opportunities for individual reflection and application as well as peer feedback throughout the course, and participants will be awarded 20 PD clock hours upon completion of each course.
To earn the Instructional Leadership Certificate, participants must complete all four ILC courses. Articulating the Intangibles of Teaching is the recommended foundational course, though courses may be completed in any order, across a flexible schedule. ILC courses are offered four times each year in June, July, October, and March. The first two courses are currently enrolling. The full set of courses will be available in 2022.
Articulating the Intangibles of Teaching: Aligning Your Purpose and Practice for Instructional Leadership
Join a community of peers to excavate the intangibles of teaching, aligning mission, vision, methods, decisions, and student work in a comprehensive, personal language of practice to share the why, what, and how of powerful instruction.
Teachers Mentoring Teachers: Practices for Powerful Professional Communities
Explore mentoring relationships at different stages of a career in teaching, aiming to uncover the practices that are specific to the teaching profession and to name what makes them so effective in supporting and sustaining teachers as individuals and practitioners.
This course positions teacher leaders to define their role and goals as coaches, effectively leveraging instructional coaching to help teachers and schools fulfill their visions for instructional improvement. Grounded in research in adult development and responsive coaching models, participants will master a coaching cycle that they will be able to apply across numerous contexts with teachers at any stage of professional development.
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In this course, participants will develop powerful facilitation practices to align individual identities, goals, strengths, and voices. Leaders will explore how to build teams that live out a shared understanding and group vision that celebrates diverse stakeholders to drive transformational change within learning communities.