Teaching has one of the highest turnover rates of any profession.
Teachers leave their jobs due to low pay, lack of professional development opportunities, and the feeling that they do not have a voice.
Even high-quality teachers experience declining morale, feelings of isolation, and frustration.
Strong teacher leadership is key to strengthening the profession and transforming students' experiences. But exercising leadership is difficult, and teachers have significant untapped talent.
ECET2 convenings harness the power of teacher leader networks to improve and enhance teachers' professional development; reduce their sense of isolation from their peers; and enhance their voices as leaders and advocates in their classrooms, schools, districts, and communities.
Teacher-led ECET2 convenings focus on effective collaboration, innovative instructional practices, and equity in education. They also focus on the issues and priorities that teachers themselves identify as most urgent and needed in their practice.
The Seven Key Ingredients of ECET2
Every ECET2 convening is conceived and designed from the ground up with a set of key ingredients in mind. These key beliefs represent the foundation of every ECET2 event, and they represent the qualities that every ECET2 convening should evoke.
Every ECET2 event:
- Nurtures trust through safe, confidential, and supportive spaces.
- Focuses on teachers' potential for growth, while recognizing the talents that teachers already possess.
- Recognizes both the intellect and passion that drives teachers in their work.
- Provides time for collaboration and learning that teachers don't get in a typical workday.
- Puts teachers, in the lead.
- Recognizes teachers as talented professionals and experts in the field.
- Equips and empowers teachers to build the capacity of their peers.