HAMILTON, NJ -- To create even better stronger leaders in classrooms, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and the Hamilton Township School District (HTSD) announced on Tuesday their partnership in a new graduate course program to enhance the skills and leadership qualities of the school district's teachers.   The “Teacher Leader Certificate Program” began the 12-week, 15-credit graduate program on January 29 at Steinert High School.

Through an integrated series of five courses, the TCNJ program will prepare HTSD teachers for the NJ Teacher Leader endorsement and non-supervisory roles such as: instructional or data coach, team leader, mentor, and or facilitator of professional learning. This program is modeled on the national Teacher Leader Model Standards with an interactive and challenging curriculum cultivating the interpersonal and innovative practices that contribute to dynamic educational leadership.

“This new endorsement program for teacher leaders is another example of the long-standing collaborative and professional relationship HTSD has with TCNJ," said Hamilton Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Scott Rocco.  "Over the years, our teachers have worked in various leadership capacities and highlighted the desire for a more formal training program.

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"This endorsement program addresses their wish and establishes their key role as teacher leaders in our school district. I am impressed with the fact that twenty two of our teachers signed up to be part of the inaugural program, and I thank TCNJ for collaborating with us so the classes can be held in our district. Our students, faculty, and whole district will benefit from the training our future teacher leaders will receive in this program,” added Rocco. 

Five courses will be offered over the next eighteen months as part of the program including Leadership for Social Justice; Facilitating Professional Development; Group Dynamics for Educational Leaders; Instructional Leadership for Teacher Leaders; and Introduction to Research and Data-Based Decision Making.  These courses may be applied to TCNJ’s Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

 “The faculty at TCNJ could not be more pleased with the positive response we’ve received from Hamilton’s teachers. We admire their commitment to continue learning and growing as educators so they can in turn support their students and colleagues,"said Linda Mayger, TCNJ’s Educational Leadership Programs Coordinator. "The level of enthusiasm for teacher leadership among Hamilton’s district administrators is remarkable and we appreciate having the opportunity to work closely with them to make the Teacher Leader Certificate Program accessible to their teachers.”

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