Teacher Leadership


The Teacher Leadership Institute provides learning experiences, resources and support for teacher leaders who are committed to improving the performance of all learners within the systems they work. The Institute strives to advance the vision and mission of the Arkansas Leadership Academy which is to use the systems approach when preparing high performing learning communities throughout the state.


The ideal nominees are informal leaders (PreK-12 classroom teachers) as well as formal leaders (instructional facilitators/coaches) whose principal must have completed (or be concurrently attending) Phase 1 of our Master Principal Program. The nominees should:

  • Have a desire to improve student achievement by creating systems to build and sustain high performing professional learning communities.
  • Are respected by their peers and hold high expectations for adult and student learners.
  • Believe to change others, you must be willing to change yourself.
  • Are able to commit the time to attend and participate at all the required sessions.


The professional journey for teachers will include engaging activities in the following areas:

  • Using data and research in the Professional Development of Best Practices
  • Reflective practice and message development
  • Building and sustaining high performing Professional Learning Communities
  • Experience with new and emerging digital resources
  • Practical tools and strategies for student and adult learners

Length of Institute

Session 1: 4 days residential
Sessions 2, 3 & 4: 3 days residential


The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Morrilton


Costs are paid by the Arkansas Leadership Academy. Participants (districts) are asked to pay transportation costs to and from the institute sessions as well as substitute costs.


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Teacher Leadership Institute. 

Submit your application to:
Joseph Wilson at jjw02@uark.edu
Arkansas Leadership Academy
346. North West Ave., Room 300
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Fax: 479-575-8663

Please contact Joseph Wilson at 479-575-6708 or jjw02@uark.edu for more information.