School Team Empowerment is a professional learning opportunity designed for school-based teams, which may include district-level support. The total number of team members should be 5 to 6, and the team leader should be the school principal. Team members could include assistant principal(s), counselor(s), instructional facilitator(s), instructional coaches, interventionists, and teacher leaders from any content area/grade level. District-level team members with job responsibilities that directly support student learning, teachers, and/or principals could also be part of a school-level team.
Dates for the 2023-2024 School Year
Due to increased demand for School Team Empowerment, we will be offering two sets of dates for participation.
School teams and participants must plan to attend all sessions of School Team Empowerment for the date option selected. As you choose participants for your school team, please remember to check your professional and personal calendars and make sure ALL team members can attend ALL sessions. Face-to-face session dates are provided below.
A limited number of teams will be selected for each date grouping. Please be sure to indicate in your application that your entire team is available to attend Option A, Option B, or that your schedules are flexible, so we can select your date grouping for you.
*This session is focused on coaching adults and will be open for any Arkansas educator to attend through ALA Reach.
Unless indicated with an asterisk, all sessions will be conducted at the Arkansas Public School Resource Center.
APSRC Training Center
1401 West Capitol, Suite 375
Little Rock, AR 72201
*The location for the coaching session will be in Little Rock or nearby vicinity. The exact venue will be determined based on participation numbers from other educators in addition to the School Team Empowerment participants.
Travel, Substitutes, and Registration: Schools and/or individual participants are responsible for arranging and funding their travel expenses including lodging, if necessary, and any substitute costs for participating team members. There are no registration costs to participating school teams for content and/or support materials.
Parking: A parking garage is available on 6th Street, across from the Victory Building. The cost to park is $2 per hour or $6 for all day. Parking fees can be paid through an app or by scanning a QR code in the parking garage. Additionally, there is a limited amount of street parking available at no cost.
Meals: Time will be built into the schedule for each session to allow participants to leave the site and secure lunch. Participants will be responsible for their own lunch expenses at each session. Snacks will be provided.
Interest/Intent to Apply Form Directions and Next Steps:
To receive an email notification when the application for School Team Empowerment is available in August, please complete the Interest/Intent to Apply Form below.
The application window for School Team Empowerment has tentatively been set for Wednesday, August 1 to Monday, August 14, 2023.
To prepare for the application window, you can download a copy of the entire application.
Complete the Online School Team Empowerment Application
Download More Info and a Copy of the STE Application Questions
Purpose and Design
The purpose of School Team Empowerment (STE) is to support individual and team growth through a differentiated approach to leadership development. STE provides professional learning and coaching opportunities for teams of school administrators, teacher leaders, and district leaders. Sessions focus on developing and nurturing collaborative teams to lead effective instructional practices.
STE will include four onsite team interaction and content delivery sessions paired with a minimum of six virtual team coaching opportunities. This hybrid approach allows teams the opportunity to learn in a traditional structured format while also leveraging virtual technologies to deepen personalization.
Each school team will be paired with an experienced Arkansas leader/practitioner to personalize the learning and strengthen the ability to transfer theory in practice. Teams additionally have multiple opportunities to engage in virtual coaching sessions as a value-added strategy to grow leadership capacity and assist with application of learning. There is no cost for the virtual coaching opportunities.
Content and Focus
Collective Leader Efficacy: Strengthening Instructional Leadership Teams
Assembling a School Level Team