Teacher Leadership Institute 

The Teacher Leadership Institute is a national program that readies classroom teachers for leadership roles.

The TLI is a partnership among the MTA and the NEA. Three hundred participants from across the country hone their expertise and engage in leadership work in schools, state houses and associations. TLI makes leadership accessible to educators with busy schedules as learning takes place primarily through webinars and video conferences, with much of the work self-paced.

The 2021 Teacher Leadership Institute Fellowship is open!

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About TLI

TLI Annual Meeting

Get the "who, what, where, when, how and why" about the institute.


Capstone Projects

Push-card for MTA BOD representing the Springfield Teachers Association with a membership of 2,000 educators.

Check out the work of our Teacher Leadership Institute fellows. 

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Success Stories

Read the work of alumni Nancy Barile & others.

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Empowering Teachers for Student Success

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Background on the Teacher Leadership Institute

A deeper look at the institute, the curriculum and the work of program participants.

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Read what our fellows have to say about the Teacher Leadership Institute.

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2019-2020 Teacher Leadership Institute Fellows

  • Kristina Aste-Mayer – Danvers
  • Theresa Bryant – Springfield
  • Melissa Campbell – Pittsfield
  • Shelley Cook – Mendon-Upton
  • Christopher Dancy – Needham
  • Damian DeMarco – Revere
  • Maura Doyle – Worcester
  • Stacy Doyon – Fairhaven
  • Rhonda Fitzgerald – Ayer-Shirley
  • Emma Gardner – Somerville
  • Jemilee Neely – Easton
  • James Gorman – Mendon-Upton
  • Stephen Guerriero – Needham
  • Amy Herring – Palmer
  • Ellen Hirschberg – Greenfield CC
  • Michelle Ireland – Hanover
  • James Kottmeier –Taunton
  • Cynthia Lanzendorf-Carney – Gloucester
  • Jeanne Lemmond – Pittsfield
  • Sara "Avon" Lewis – Lexington
  • Alexizendria (Zena) Link – Weston
  • Tracy Little-Sasanecki – Springfield
  • Rosa Lopez-Whitehill – Pembroke
  • Kevin Lynch – Framingham
  • Donna Mendonca – Chicopee
  • Mike Murphy – Hampden-Wilbraham
  • Domenica Nooney – Springfield
  • Mary Ott – Pittsfield
  • Vidula Plante – Manchester-Essex
  • Tyler Ramsay – Pittsfield
  • Yazdan Rodd – Bunker Hill CC
  • Laura Schlegel – Holyoke CC
  • Dr. Jada Waters – Springfield