The Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) is an annual project-based professional learning opportunity for experienced classroom teachers. ~ Ontario Ministry of Education
I just returned from Toronto, where Jenni & I participated in the TLLP Leadership Skills for Classroom Teachers Training Session. I hope it’s ok to admit that I had no idea how significant this program was until these past few days. The Ministry of Education and the Ontario Teachers’ Federation worked harmoniously to provide an excellent introduction for this year’s TLLP “newbies”: resources, presentations, advice from experienced participants, tips for success… and great food.
One of the things that impressed me most had to be the emphasis on support for teachers. The TLLP is designed to allow educators to embark on their own learning path, to collaborate with others, and to benefit from the nature of inquiry. All the while, we are encouraged to share our discoveries with other participants using the TLLP Ning, a place to meet, discuss ideas and help each other.
I could have listened to Ann Lieberman all day. She has a wonderful ability to encourage aspiring leaders to take a leap of faith, and begin to learn the leader identity. Her assertion that teacher-leaders are not “big shots”, they’re just sharing something they know, provided a refreshing perspective for those who may be intimidated by the notion of leadership.
- advice from experienced TLLP participants such as Rolland Chidiac: “Success is about learning… not necessarily about meeting your goal.”
- Peter Skillen & Brenda Sherry created an excellent resource, “Sharing TLLP Learning Through Technology“
- begin with the end in mind: gather evidence along the way, which will help us know if our work is making a difference.
Listen to a fantastic discussion provided by ECOO with some fundamental & important information about the TLLP:
More information on the TLLP from TVO: Teacher Learning and Leadership Program