Using funds from National Writing Project’s Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) 1 grant, we designed and began our Advanced Leadership Institute. Rob Montgomery leads the ALI as well. While the ALI selected fellows through an application process, fellows applied based on invitation from Jennifer and Rob. The twenty ALI fellows began meeting in December, and will meet one night a month through May and then for an intensive week during June. Each fellow is developing a leadership project and implementing it in his/her school. The fellows are also leading and planning KMWP’s first Literacy Conference, which will use no-cost extension funds carried forward from the 2011-2012 funding cycle. The conference, held on March 23, will have keynote speaker and KMWP teacher consultant, Berndatte Lambert, and breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon. We have not only promoted it to local schools but across the state Writing Project network as well. ALI fellows developed proposals based on their institute work, and we extended a call for proposals to a wider audience. ALI fellows have developed a rubric for reviewing and rating presentation proposals and will review those in February. Participants will pay a registration fee, which will include a box lunch, and KSU is providing facilities for the conference.
As the fellows develop and implement their projects, they will not only present them at the conference, but they will write about them as well. Our goal is to submit 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 offer such a venue.