Mrs. Heather Ribar, a South Johnston English teacher, recently participated in the very first North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Instructional Leadership Institute (ILI).
The NCAE ILI focused on building teacher leadership competencies around instructional issues, particularly focused on college and career ready standards. Nearly 50 teachers engaged in an intensive, four-day conference with colleagues from across the state, and were selected from a pool of over 100 applicants.
While learning how to focus instruction on standards, participants, like Mrs. Ribar, also gained skills, tools and resources to share within their schools and communities, to support their colleagues, as well as the parents and families of their students.
Instructional Leadership Institute guest speakers included Sandra Albert, Director of State & District Partnerships and Professional Development for Student Achievement Partners; Keana Triplett, 2015 North Carolina Teacher of the Year; and Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The institute was created by a team of teacher leaders from across the state using support and resources from colleagues across the country, and was made possible by a grant from the National Education Association.