Teacher Leadership Academy

Teacher Leadership Academy

The Teacher Leadership Academy

Teacher Leadership Academy is a community partnership between the Alamance-Burlington School System, Impact Alamance, the Alamance County Chamber of Commerce, Elon University, and Alamance Community College. Each of the partners has worked to ensure that this professional development opportunity is robust and meaningful. Each year, approximately 50 candidates are chosen for the academy through a competitive selection process.  The Academy meets monthly throughout the school year.

The purpose of the Teacher Leadership Academy is to further the Alamance-Burlington School System’s strategic goals of recognizing and developing emerging teacher leaders. During this nine-month program, candidates spend full days visiting locations throughout Alamance County to learn about the key tenets of the ABSS strategic plan. The sessions demonstrate how local business and industry implement these strategies, and how the same strategies can be applied directly to classroom learning for improved student outcome.

2019-2020 Teacher Leadership Academy Topics & Mandatory Dates
  • Vision – April 15, 2019
  • Understanding Our Community – May 15, 2019
  • Leadership Retreat- August 14 & 15, 2019
  • Culture Change and Innovation – September 17, 2019
    • Optional Grant Writing Session – September 17, 2019 – following day-of sessions
  • Agriculture in Alamance County- October 9, 2019
  • Poverty and Social Justice- November 6, 2019
  • Economic Development- December 10, 2019
  • Continuous Improvement- January 8, 2020
  • Workforce of Tomorrow- February 12, 2020
  • Reserve for Make Up Day- February 25, 2020
  • Reflection and Celebration- March 4, 2020
  • Reserve for Make Up Day – April 8, 2020

** Academy participants also have the opportunity to attend a grant writing session. Upon completion of this session, teachers will be eligible to apply for teacher creativity grants for their schools. These grants are awarded by Impact Alamance through a competitive grants process. Team applications that demonstrate school leadership and collaboration are strongly encouraged. Timeline will be announced in fall 2019.

Qualifications of a successful Teacher Leadership Academy candidate
  • A full-time teacher
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a team
  • Open to learning and doing new things
  • Embraces and implements innovative and creative learning experiences
  • Attendance at all Teacher Leadership Academy days (10 sessions)
  • Motivated to be a leader in their school or community


Click here to apply.

Principal Endorsement

Each candidate must have their principal submit the following endorsement form in order to be considered for selection into the Teacher Leadership Academy. Please note that principal endorsements are due the same date as applications, we recommend allowing your principal ample time to complete your request.

If principals choose to provide endorsements for multiple teachers, each endorsement must be submitted separately. 

 Click here to apply.

 Teacher Creativity Grants

 Teachers currently enrolled in the Teacher Leadership Academy and committed to staying with the ABSS system for the following school year are eligible to submit proposals for funding up to $20,000.


  • Must be a current participant in the Teacher Leadership Academy.
  • Projects are to be school-based, not district-wide.
  • Teachers must submit a statement with the grant proposal affirming their present intention to teach at ABSS through the following school year.
  • Principals must submit a letter with the grant proposal stating their support of the proposed project.

Priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Demonstrate creative or innovative approaches to classroom instruction.
  • Partner and collaborate with other classrooms, or nonprofits to increase impact.
  • Demonstrate sustainability beyond the funding period.
  • Impact and involve a significant amount of people (students, parents, teachers/school staff).
  • Have an applicant that is knowledgeable about the nature and substance of the proposed project.
  • Propose a project that is feasible within the proposed timeline and budget.
  • Have measurable outcomes designed to improve student or school performance.
  • Align with school improvement goals.

**Class of 2020 Grant Writing Workshop for Creativity Grants: TBD

Class of 2019 (Cohort 4) Creativity Grants Timeline
  • Applications due February 8, 2019
  • Funding decisions released mid-March 2019
  • Planning for supplies/materials March through May 2019
  • Funds available for creativity grant recipients July 1, 2019
  • Implement grant August 2019 (Fall 2019- Spring 2020 School Year)
  • Three month check in October 2019
  • Six month check-in (midyear report) February 2020

Click here to apply.

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