Days after the Summer Leadership Institute I reminsce on all of the encouraging stories and aspirations of fellow teachers from my cohort. Upon arriving on Friday afternoon at Swarthmore College, I was assured that the Teachers Leadership Summer Institute would be a memorable experience.
A group of teachers gathered over lunch to share background stories and reasons for joining the Teachers Lead Philly network. I too was excited to share my story and ideas about education in Philly.
Swarthmore provided a unique feel of a retreat. The college provided a safe atmosphere for teachers to engage in personal experiences and aspirations over a 3-day weekend.
Each day provided a schedule of group and individual activities. I was able to take part in workshops centered on Policy and Education, and Writing For Publication. I was impressed that both seminars were of quality and facilitated by common teachers like myself. It was this day that I learned that leadership could be defined outside of administrative roles.
Sunday was just as advantageous as TLP hosted a panel of highly accomplished, veteran educators around the city to discuss their ideas on leadership and experience in the field. My cohort was able to ask pertinent questions surrounding the dire state of funding and critical education systems in PA.
I left feeling open to the many possibilities in this field. I learned that I have a lot to learn, and will be held accountable by a group of like-minded individuals, which is a great feeling.