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Teacher Leadership Network

The University of Portland School of Education's Teacher Leadership Network (TLN) promotes professional growth and development, mentorship, and networking among educators in the Portland metropolitan area. Comprising local school and school system educators, classroom teachers, teaching and curriculum coaches, community educators, current students and alumni, our Teacher Leadership Fellows are committed to TLN's three-fold focus on professional development, networking, and mentorship.

TLN Areas of Focus:

  • Local activities provide yearly access to national expertise, issues, and best practices without the time and cost of conferences.
  • The three-fold focus on professional development, networking, and mentorship provides for immediate relevance and support to current and emerging educational leaders.
  • Yearly professional development opportunities linked to credit options and formal education credential programming. Low- or no-cost registration encourages a broad participation of local educators.
  • TLN sponsorship, partnership, and support for educator participation in local education events, conferences, and meetings, including co-sponsored events with the Educational Leadership Network (ELN).
  • A focus on mentorship and networking characterizes all TLN activities.

Upcoming Event Dates:

March 2018 - Building a Culturally Responsive Classroom Community with Dr. Dyan Watson

We are excited to welcome Dr. Dyan Watson, whose primary research focuses on exploring how teachers semantically encode race, and the intersections of race and teaching. The presentation will be an interactive seminar that focuses on injustice, whether it's based on race, class, gender, language, or perceived sexual orientation. Dr. Watson will lead us through four "acts" that will  engage us in discussions with our colleagues from Oregon and SW Washington, as we work together to explore problems of practices and solutions in a supportive and collegial environment.

December 2016 - Inclusion with a Focus on High Performing Students

The phrase "students learn differently" describes the diversity in classrooms around the world that teachers are facing in the 21st century. As education is ever-changing, teachers need to be equipped with the knowledge to meet all student's needs. Attendees at this event had the opportunity to learn how to work with these challenging situations in their own classroom. Panelists included both elementary and secondary teachers and administrators in the Portland area about how they are integrating high performing students in their classrooms and schools.

Panelists and their presentation:
Dr. Sara Bruins | Assistant Principal | Central Catholic High School
Teri-Kay Johnson | Mentor Teacher | Holy Cross Catholic School K-8
     TLN Panel Presentation
Kiya Masunaga | Assistant Principal | Beverly Cleary K-8
     UP TAG PowerPoint Presentation
Dr. Michael Musick | Executive Director of School Management | Lake Oswego School District
     Five Year Trend for CHS2013 Presentation
     Curriculum Pathways with Revised GT Programs
     Guidelines for Math Acceleration
     PSAT Prediction Data
     Meeting the Needs of TAG and Accelerated Students (Secondary) PowerPoint Presentation

February 2016 - Driving with your Eyes Closed: How to See the Road Through the Data

The professional development session in February featured an event that benefited teachers across all disciplines in understanding DATA. Our faculty data specialist, Drs. Nicole Ralston and Jacqueline Waggoner presented a invaluable segment on DATA. What to do with data, how to read data, and why data is important. If you were unable to attend this event, below is the PowerPoint presentation that was created and utilized by our faculty.

TLN with KDP FEB 2016 Event 1
TLN with KDP FEB 2016 Event 2

December 2015 - Literacy: Utilizing Academic Vocabulary in Multiple Disciplines

The professional development session in December featured a focused academic vocabulary panel presentation with three of our most celebrated faculty members, Drs. Rich Christen, Tisha Morrell, and Peter Thacker. All attendees received a one(1) hour of professional development unit credit for this event. If you were unable to attend this event, below is the PowerPoint presentation that was created and utilized by our faculty.

Literacy: Utilizing Academic Vocabulary in Multiple Disciplines

TLN Contact Information:

Amy O. Kwong-Kwapisz
Director of Professional Community Development