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Self-Assessment of Teacher Leader Qualities

Directions: For each element, rate yourself in one of the following three categories. Then provide examples of your experiences in the
leadership domain. Finally, identify areas within each domain where you are interested in growing as a teacher leader. On the last page,
summarize your strengths and areas of possible growth. Boxes will expand as needed.
 Exploring/Emerging (E/E) - a level of practice in which the teacher leader relies on ongoing assistance from more experienced
colleagues for support, guidance, and survival. The teacher leader is moving toward becoming more self-directed and independent in
her/his practice.
 Applying (A) - a level of practice in which the teacher leader is able to provide independent leadership and easily applies what s/he
has learned about leadership.
 Integrating/Innovating (I/I) - a level of development in which the teacher leader is fully skilled and confident. The
Integrating/Innovating teacher leader contributing to the broader educational community through staff development, research, or
publication in professional journals.

Domain 1: Fosters a Collaborative Culture to Support Educator Development and Student Learning E/E A I/I
a) Utilizes group processes to help colleagues work collaboratively to solve problems, make decisions,
manage conflict, and promote meaningful change.
b) Models effective skills in listening, presenting ideas, leading discussions, clarifying, mediating, and X
identifying the needs of self and others in order to advance shared goals and professional learning.
c) Employs facilitation skills to create trust among colleagues, develop collective wisdom, build ownership X
and action that supports student learning.
d) Strives to create an inclusive culture where diverse perspectives are welcomed in addressing challenges. X

e) Uses knowledge and understanding of different backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and languages to X
promote effective interactions among colleagues.
Three Examples of Domain 1 Experiences Areas of Interest in Growth
1. I have acted as a Grade Level Leader for 2 years, 1. I want to leverage my understanding of difference
during which I supported a team of 3 teachers. I and culture to create a purposefully inclusive
facilitated meetings, mediated conflicts, and made professional culture.
decisions. 2. I want to take a leadership role in creating a positive
2. I have led professional development sessions for staff culture of trust and understanding.
teachers and para professionals, professionally
presenting ideas and leading discussions.
3. When conflict arises with colleagues, I use active
listening and facilitate conversation until a
mutually acceptable solution is reached.

Domain 2: Accesses and Uses Research to Improve Practice and Student Learning E/E A I/I
a) Assists colleagues in accessing and using research in order to select appropriate strategies to improve X
student learning.
b) Facilitates the analysis of student learning data, collaborative interpretation of results, and application X
of findings to improve teaching and learning.
c) Supports colleagues in collaborating with the higher education institutions and other organizations X
engaged in researching critical educational issues.
d) Teaches and supports colleagues to collect, analyze, and communicate data from their classrooms to X
improve teaching and learning.
Three Examples of Domain 2 Experiences Areas of Interest in Growth
1. I seek out research for my own gain- most recently 1. I could share my own research with colleagues and
reading Educating for Empathy by Nicole Mirra on create book-clubs or other collaborative learning
critical literacies. opportunities.
2. I analyze data from my classroom and grade level 2. I could lead the analysis of school wide data to look
using online tools such as AIMSweb. for trends and create plans to improve learning
3. I lead my grade level in analyzing data to look for outcomes.
trends and create plans to improve learning 3. I could connect my colleagues to my former
outcomes. colleagues at UCLA’s Teacher Education Program to

Domain 3: Promotes Professional Learning for Continuous Improvement E/E A I/I

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a) Collaborates with colleagues and school administrators to plan professional learning that is team-based, X
job-embedded, sustained over time, aligned with content standards, and linked to school/district
improvement goals.
b) Uses information about adult learning to respond to the diverse learning needs of colleagues by X
identifying, promoting, and facilitating varied and differentiated professional learning.
c) Facilitates professional learning among colleagues. X
d) Identifies and uses appropriate technologies to promote collaborative and differentiated professional X
e) Works with colleagues to collect, analyze, and disseminate data related to the quality of professional X
learning and its effect on teaching and student learning.
f) Advocates for sufficient preparation, time, and support for colleagues to work in teams to engage in job- X
embedded professional learning.
g) Provides constructive feedback to colleagues to strengthen teaching practice and improve student X
h) Uses information about emerging education, economic, and social trends in planning and facilitating X
professional learning.
Three Examples of Domain 3 Experiences Areas of Interest in Growth
1. I seek out professional development opportunities 1. I want to learn more about adult learning theory.
and share them with my colleagues and 2. I want to plan more Professional Development
administrators. For example, I recently attending a opportunities for my colleagues.
training on Thinking Maps. 3. I’d like to learn more about how to differentiate
2. I ask my administrator to allow me to observe adult learning.
colleagues I believe I can learn from and volunteer
to be observed.
3. Last semester, I learned about digital tools I can
use to support learning and shared these with my

Domain 4: Facilitates Improvements in Instruction and Student Learning E/E A I/I

a) Facilitates the collection, analysis, and use of classroom and school-based data to identify opportunities X
to improve curriculum, instruction, assessment, school organization, and school culture.
b) Engages in reflective dialog with colleagues based on observation of instruction, student work, and X
assessment data and helps make connections to research-based effective practices.
c) Supports colleagues’ individual and collective reflection and professional growth by serving in roles such X
as mentor, coach, and content facilitator.
d) Serves as a team leader to harness the skills, expertise, and knowledge of colleagues to address X
curricular expectations and student learning needs.
e) Uses knowledge of existing and emerging technologies to guide colleagues in helping students skillfully X
and appropriately navigate the universe of knowledge available on the Internet, use social media to
promote collaborative learning, and connect with people and resources around the globe.
f) Promotes instructional strategies that address issues of diversity and equity in the classroom and X
ensures that individual student learning needs remain the central focus of instruction.
Three Examples of Domain 4 Experiences Areas of Interest in Growth
1. I’ve served at the content facilitator on Cool Tools, 1. I could use social media to support student learning
CGI Math, and Phonics among my staff – leading more.
trainings, information sessions, and creating 2. I could learn more about how to analyze data.
support documents for teachers.
2. I served as a Grade Level Leader for 2 years and
delegated based on my colleagues expertise and
3. I co-led a learning group for staff on Culturally
Responsive Teaching and Learning and push for
lessons/curriculum that address Social Justice

Domain 5: Promotes the Use of Assessments and Data for School and District Improvement E/E A I/I

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a) Increases the capacity of colleagues to identify and use multiple assessment tools aligned to state and X
local standards.
b) Collaborates with colleagues in the design, implementation, scoring, and interpretation of student data X
to improve educational practice and student learning.
c) Creates a climate of trust and critical reflection in order to engage colleagues in challenging X
conversations about student learning data that lead to solutions to identified issues.
d) Works with colleagues to use assessment and data findings to promote changes in instructional X
practices or organizational structures to improve student learning.
Three Examples of Domain 5 Experiences Areas of Interest in Growth
1. I create assessments for my students for units of 1. I would like to become more competent with
study. different assessment tools.
2. I reflect on the effectiveness of assessments and 2. I could engage in more critical conversations around
tweak them as needed. student learning and data.
3. I look at assessment data to identify trends and
gaps in learning.

Domain 6: Improves Outreach and Collaboration with Families and Community E/E A I/I
a) Uses knowledge and understanding of the different backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and languages in X
the school community to promote effective interactions among colleagues, families, and the larger
b) Models and teaches effective communication and collaboration skills with families and other X
stakeholders focused on attaining equitable achievement for students of all backgrounds and
c) Facilitates colleagues’ self-examination of their own understandings of community culture and diversity X
and how they can develop culturally responsive strategies to enrich the educational experiences of
students and achieve high levels of learning for all students.
d) Develops a shared understanding among colleagues of the diverse educational needs of families and the X
e) Collaborates with families, communities, and colleagues to develop comprehensive strategies to address X
the diverse educational needs of families and the community.
Three Examples of Domain 6 Experiences Areas of Interest in Growth
1. I send home communications with families in both 1. I could teach others how to engage families more
English and Spanish and use more electronic and equitably.
paper communications. 2. I could advocate for my new school to engage in
2. I co-led a staff learning community on Culturally Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning as well.
Responsive Teaching and Learning at my old 3. I could collaborate with colleagues around a shared
school. understanding of the diversity present in our school.
3. I understand the diverse needs of my students and
their families.

Domain 7: Advocates for Student Learning and the Profession E/E A I/I
a) Shares information with colleagues within and/or beyond the district regarding how local, state, and X
national trends and policies can impact classroom practices and expectations for student learning.
b) Works with colleagues to identify and use research to advocate for teaching and learning processes that X
meet the needs of all students.
c) Collaborates with colleagues to select appropriate opportunities to advocate for the rights and/or needs X
of students, to secure additional resources within the building or district that support student learning,
and to communicate effectively with targeted audiences such as parents and community members.
d) Advocates for access to professional resources, including financial support and human and other X
material resources, that allow colleagues to spend significant time learning about effective practices and
developing a professional learning community focused on school improvement goals.
e) Represents and advocates for the profession in contexts outside of the classroom. X
Three Examples of Domain 7 Experiences Areas of Interest in Growth

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1. I seek out grants that I can use to access resources 1. I would like to improve my ability to research
that will support student learning such as field trip educational trends and strategies and then share
opportunities. them with my colleagues.
2. I seek out professional development opportunities 2. I could be more vocal with my colleagues about the
and advocate for them. For example, I am currently importance of Culturally Responsive teaching
advocating for myself to receive training on practices.
supporting ELLs.
3. I am vocal outside the classroom about the
difficulty and importance of working in public

Summary of Strengths and Areas of Possible Growth

I have taken on significant leadership roles almost immediately as a teacher. I have led trainings and professional
development sessions on my areas of expertise. I have even led parent information sessions on these same topics. I have
acted as a Grade Level Leader and mentored first year teachers and a prospective teacher doing her Student Teaching
placement. I model engagement and professionalism during staff meetings and excel at facilitating and mediating
conversations with colleagues. I advocate for more learning opportunities for myself and volunteer to attend professional
developments outside the school when offered.
I could grow by collaborating more with colleagues and being a more vocal advocate for educational strategies I believe in.
I could grow in my ability to analyze student data, especially school-wide data.

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