Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Galileo Institute Initiatives

The Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership is dedicated to improving the educational experience of all students in all school contexts through a commitment to empowering teaching professionals to serve as leaders within their schools by modeling and advocating for best teaching and leading practices. Our efforts are motivated by a commitment to reaffirming that teachers play a vital role in the delivery and achievement of a civil, prosperous and democratic society. Transforming and empowering teachers as leaders is a commitment that is at the core of the Galileo Institute’s work.

Galileo Commitment

As an influential Michigan university in the preparation of teachers and the development of educational leaders, Oakland University and the Galileo Institute are committed to:

  • Teaching - Preparing educational leaders who understand the importance of shared leadership and aim to develop teacher leaders.
  • Involvement – Dedicated support and encouragement to schools and school districts that are interested and committed to expanding teacher leadership opportunities for faculty.
  • Transformation – Initiatives like the Avondale Teacher Lab partnership, the South Macomb cultural proficiency project, and continued and ongoing development of teacher leadership in Pontiac, Farmington, Bloomfield Hills, and West Bloomfield schools illustrate the scope of the institute’s outreach efforts.
  • Scholarship - Conducting and disseminating the latest research for education practitioners to continue to evolve the work of teacher leadership.
Teach to Lead

Recently, the Institute became a supporting organization for the national Teach to Lead initiative. Teach to Lead was jointly convened by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the U.S. Department of Education to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership, particularly those that allow teachers to stay in the classroom.

Through the online Commit to Lead community and through a series of regional Teacher Leadership Summits, the initiative seeks to:

  • Highlight existing state and district systems that are working to support teacher leadership;
  • Share resources to create new opportunities for teacher leadership;
  • Encourage people at all levels to commit to expanding teacher leadership.

To create systemic and sustained change, Teach to Lead involves stakeholders at every level of education and is informed and driven by teacher voice.