Leadership Lab

CSTP elected to use the format of a “Leadership Lab” as the means to regionally amplify the work of school districts that were effectively leveraging teacher leadership in their efforts to implement TPEP and to strengthen instruction. The model was based on the U.S. Department of Education’s Leadership Labs that they held following their national Teach to Lead Summits. One project from each summit was chosen to host a Leadership Lab to promote regional interest and garner support for the project.

Learn more about the format and how to host a Leadership Lab in CSTP’s Teacher Leadership Lab: “How-To” Guide and Toolkit.

Upcoming Leadership Labs:

There are no Leadership Labs currently scheduled.

If you have questions, or if your district is interested in partnering with CSTP and being a Teacher Leadership Lab host in the future, contact Nasue Nishida at nasue@cstp-wa.org.

Past Leadership Labs

Steilacoom Teacher Leadership Lab
The Steilacoom School District and CSTP are hosting a Teacher Leadership Lab on Thursday, May 11, 2017, in the Steilacoom School District. The focus of this Teacher Leadership Lab is to examine how Saltar’s Point Elementary School has moved beyond student engagement toward student ownership of learning. Come and learn how they are utilizing teacher leadership and student perception surveys as well as other tools and resources to develop a whole learner perspective and leverage new pedagogies and practices which grow student voice and autonomy.

North Thurston Teacher Leadership Lab – Creating High-Functioning PLCs
North Thurston Public Schools and CSTP are hosting a Teacher Leadership Lab on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at the NTPS District Office Board Room. The focus of this Leadership Lab is to learn how the River Ridge High School Math Professional Learning Community has become a collaborative place for authentic and powerful teacher learning and reflection with a deep focus on student achievement. Come and learn how the River Ridge Math PLC used Teacher Leadership and Systems Thinking to create an environment of honest feedback, data reflection and instructional risk that has transformed the work of the PLC and created a place where teachers want to come to learn and grow.

Lake Washington Teacher Leadership Lab
The Lake Washington School District and CSTP hosted a Teacher Leadership Lab on Thursday, December 8, 2016, in the Lake Washington School District. The focus of the Teacher Leadership Lab was to examine how this district has infused teacher leadership into their technology initiative — Mobile Access for Every Student (MAS). Educators learned how Lake Washington utilized teacher leadership to spread the use of technology access and training to teachers across the district.

Moses Lake Teacher Leadership Lab
CSTP’s first Leadership Lab was held in the Moses Lake School District on January 20, 2016, and highlighted in the local newspaper, Columbia Basin Herald.

Camas Teacher Leadership Lab
The second Leadership Lab was held in the Camas School District on March 21st, 2016. Both were invited to host Leadership Labs based on their prior work and demonstrated success in leveraging teacher leadership to implement the new teacher evaluation system in their districts.

Approximately 45 classroom teachers, teacher coaches and administrators participated in two teacher leader labs. Participants benefitted from the opportunity to listen and reflect so that they could dive deeper into the potential opportunities for teacher leadership within their own districts. Ultimately, based on the feedback from sponsoring districts and visiting participants, the hope is to replicate the process in the following year in at least two different districts.