Pilot Year Three - Capstone Projects

In the pilot years, participants developed their field-based Capstone Project focusing on the following frames of teacher leadership:

  • Instructional Leadership – placing teachers at the center of supporting and improving teaching and learning in their schools and districts;
  • Policy Leadership – ensuring that experienced and accomplished teachers inform and influence policymaking decisions at the local, state and national levels;
  • Association Leadership – preparing current and future association leaders to include advancing the profession of teaching and the professional interests of members into the union advocacy agenda.

Participants designed and/or implemented a capstone that gave them meaningful and practical exposure to leadership opportunities in which to apply leadership competencies and reflect upon and learn from these experiences.

Capstone Projects from Pilot Year One Participants

Name Local Association Capstone Project
Instructional Leadership
Karen Albano Agawam Using Student Portfolios in Teacher Evaluation Systems
Jeffrey Bartlett Danvers EdCamp Danvers
Christina Brayfield Arlington Physical Education and the School Enrollment Crisis in Arlington, MA
Maureen Devlin Wayland Shared Testing and Learning: Building a Collaborative Culture
Lynn Howard Weymouth Developing Mathematical Mindsets
Sarah Kempesty Agawam Young Author’s Portfolio Project
Meghan Michaud Andover A+ Peers
David Moore Arlington STEAM/Maker-Space Initiative, Arts Advocacy and School Redesign/Rebuild
Debra Rainha Andover A+ Peers
Maria Skiffington Medford Teaching the Way Kindergarteners Learn
Shannon White West Springfield Improving Inclusion through Communication and Understanding
Alice Yabe Haverhill Empty Bowls Benefit
Policy Leadership
Ivelisse Lescano Springfield High-Stakes Testing and ELL Students
Claudia Palframan Chicopee Creating a Strategic or Long Range Plan for the School Libraries in Chicopee
Lisa Sarno Springfield Testing and Shadow Bargaining
Giuseppina Stellato Springfield High-Stakes Testing and English Language Learners

Association Leadership
Marco Basiliere Tewksbury Streamlining Initiatives
Lisa Begley Haverhill Strength in Solidarity
Chandler Creedon Franklin Insights from Horace Mann
Kara Dougherty Berkshire The Road to Leadership
Julie Minahan Rockland Increased Communication Through Technology
Lauren Smith Holyoke Organizing the Association to get the Schools Our Students Deserve

Related Resources