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Partnering to Develop Teacher Leadership Capacity

Isn’t it wonderful when the spark of an idea develops, becomes a plan, and the plan actually works better than ever anticipated.

– Dan Yunk, 2018

Nearly 20 years ago, a small group of university and school district leaders began a difficult conversation about the future of leadership in Kansas schools. After much discussion and planning, a new approach to preparing school leaders was born, seamlessly merging theory and practice and based on true university/school district partnerships. Since that brave beginning, to date some 419 teachers participated across a total of 25 partnership academies with plans for more in the future. On September 27, 2018, participants, contributors, and those benefitting from the leadership capacity produced from these partnerships came together to celebrate.

Please download a copy of the Partnering to Develop Teacher Leadership Capacity Commemorative Booklet (PDF)

Those recognized included:

  • Trailblazers who designed the master's academy model
  • Pathfinder partners who hosted academies over the years
  • Homesteader practitioners who made the new program possible
  • Dr. Linda Lambert, whose professional materials are fundamental elements in the philosophy and curriculum content of these KSU teacher leadership academies
  • The over 400 Kansas teachers who have so far participated in the academies and now lead from classroom, building, and district positions across the profession

Please see the archived video…


Academy History

Principals Administrative Leadership Academy (PALA)
(KSU Academy 6)
USD #475 Geary County, USD #383 Manhattan/Ogden, USD #305 Salina
March 2000–February 2002

Leadership Academy 7
(KSU Academy 7)
USD #323 Rock Creek, USD #364 Marysville
Spring 2002–Spring 2004

Geary County Teacher Leadership Academy
(KSU Academy 8)
USD #475 Geary County
September 2003–May 2005

Garden City/Manhattan-Ogden Teacher Leadership Academy
(KSU Academy 9)
USD #457 Garden City, USD #383 Manhattan-Ogden
Spring 2005–Fall 2006

Professional Educational Leadership Academy
(KSU Academy 10)
USD #475 Geary County
Summer 2006–Fall 2007

Dodge City Educational Leadership Academy
(KSU Academy 11)
USd #443 Dodge City
Spring 2007–Fall 2008

Professional Educational Leadership Academy 2
(KSU Academy 12)
USD #475 Geary County
Summer 2008–Spring 2010

Salina Teacher Leadership Academy
(KSU Academy 13)
USD #305 Salina
Fall 2008–Summer 2010

Professional Educational Leadership Academy 3
(KSU Academy 14)
USD #475 Geary County
Fall 2010–Summer 2012

Dodge City Educational Leadership Academy 2
(KSU Academy 15)
USD #443 Dodge City
Spring 2011–Fall 2012

Salina Teacher Leadership Academy 2
(KSU Academy 16)
USD #305 Salina
Fall 2011–Summer 2013

Topeka Public Schools Teacher Leadership Academy
(KSU Academy 17)
USD #501 Topeka
Spring 2012–Fall 2013

Professional Educational Leadership Academy 4
(KSU Academy 18)
USD #475 Geary County
Spring 2013–Fall 2014

Topeka Public Schools Teacher Leadership Academy 2
(KSU Academy 19)
USD #501 Topeka
Spring 2014–Fall 2015

Professional Educational Leadership Academy 5
(KSU Academy 20)
USD #475 Geary County
Fall 2015–Summer 2017

Salina Teacher Leadership Academy 3
(KSU Academy 21)
USD #305 Salina
Fall 2015–Summer 2017

383 Teacher Leadership Academy 3
(KSU Academy 22)
USD #383 Manhattan-Ogden
Fall 2015–Summer 2017

Dodge City/Garden City Teacher Leadership Academy
(KSU Academy 23)
USD #443 Dodge City, USD #457 Garden City
Fall 2016–Summer 2018

Topeka/Wamego Leadership Academy
(KSU Academy 24)
USD #501 Topeka, USD #320 Wamego
Fall 2016–Summer 2018

Osage Educational Leadership Academy
(KSU Academy 25)
Osage Nation, Oklahoma
Fall 2016–Summer 2018

Shawnee Mission Masters Academy for Teacher Leadership
(KSU Academy 26)
USD #512 Shawnee Mission
Spring 2017–Fall 2018

Professional Educational Leadership Academy 6.0
(KSU Academy 27)
USD #475 Geary County
Spring 2018–Fall 2019

Salina Teacher Leadership Academy 4
(KSU Academy 28)
USD #305 Salina
Fall 2018–Summer 2020

Topeka Public Schools Teacher Leadership Academy 4
(KSU Academy 29)
USD #501 Topeka
Fall 2018–Summer 2020

Manhattan-Ogden/Wamego Teacher Leadership Academy 4
(KSU Academy 30)
USD #383 Manhattan-Ogden, USD #320 Wamego, USD #323 Rock Creek
Fall 2018–Summer 2020