Using funds from the National Writing Project’s Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) 1 grant, we designed and began our Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI). While the ALI selected fellows through an application process, fellows applied based on invitation from Jennifer Dail and Rob Montgomery. The 20 ALI fellows began meeting in December 2013, and met one night a month through May and then for an intensive week during June. Each fellow developed a leadership project and implemented it into his/her school. The fellows also led and planned KMWP’s first Literacy Conference, which used no-cost extension funds carried forward from the 2011-2012 funding cycle. The conference, held on March 23, featured keynote speaker and KMWP teacher consultant, Bernadette Lambert, and breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon. ALI fellows developed proposals based on their institute work, and we extended a call for proposals to a wider audience.
Overall, the ALI reached its primary goal of submitting a proposal for an edited book on teacher leadership and have fellows submit their chapters for inclusion in the book. KMWP has a history of publishing in the past, and this is a tradition that Rob and Jennifer seek to revive at our site. We also feel that teacher leaders find venues through which to share their work with other professionals, and the conference and soon-to-be-proposed book offered such a venue.