The Teacher Leadership Institute is a national program that readies classroom teachers for leadership roles.
The TLI is a partnership among the MFPE and NEA. Three hundred participants from across the country hone their expertise and engage in leadership work in schools and unions. 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 Teacher Leadership Institute is a 7 month (January, 2021 – July, 2021), cohort based learning experience consisting of:
TLI 2021 cohort dates
TLI Launch Face-to-Face meeting #1 (online) January 9, 2021
TLI Face-to-Face meeting #2 (online) April 17, 2021
TLI Face-to-Face meeting #3 (hopefully in-person) July 19, 2021
Capstones will be due July 31, 2021
Module dates will announced.
OPI Renewal units are offered by MFPE for each face-to-face meeting, module and capstone. NEA offers TLI Completers a stipend at completion.
TLI Application 2021
Brenna Stefanik Jim Darcy Elementary School, Helena Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Chad Jackson Ponderosa Elementary School, Billings Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Debbie Tucker Castle Rock Middle School, Billings Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Denise Rutledge Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, Great Falls
Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Erin Sutherland-Evans Highland Elementary, Billings Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Jennifer Wasson Montana School of Deaf and Blind, Great Falls Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Jenny Molloy Russell Elementary, Missoula Pathway: Policy View Capstone
Jessica Davis Ronan Middle School, Ronan Pathway: Association View Capstone
Julie Smiley Frenchtown Intermediate School, Frenchtown Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Keaton Ramm Park High School, Livingston Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Keyleigh Hennessy Bitterroot Elementary School, Billings Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Kim Popham Belgrade High School, Belgrade Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Becky Ayler Park High School, Livingston Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Severena Samuelson Four Georgians Elementary, Helena Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Shelby Murphy Lone Rock Elementary School, Lone Rock Pathway: Policy View Capstone
Teresa De Armas Morning Star, Bozeman Pathway: Instructional View Capstone
Amanda Rapstad, Belgrade View Capstone
Calli Nicholson, Billings View Capstone
Cassie Kutzler, Billings View Capstone
Christine O'Shea, Bozeman View Capstone
Cindy Gopp, Lockwood View Capstone
Connie Michael, Hardin View Capstone
Courtney Wolcott, Monforton View Capstone
Dacia Lackey, Bozeman View Capstone
Hillary Gnerer, Billings View Capstone
Hollee Goody, Helena View Capstone
Jessica Felchle, Billings View Capstone
Justine Alberts, Helena View Capstone
Kelsey Flynn, Townsend View Capstone
Laura Ortman, Helena View Capstone
Maria Foot, Helena View Capstone
Nicholas Ottoy, Billings View Capstone
Nora Martin, Monforton
Teresa Marchant, Lockwood View Capstone
Angela Mock, Polson Capstone: Family Connections.
Chandra Lind, Bozeman Capstone: Conference Presenter
Cynthia McBride, Bozeman Capstone: Parent Pathways
Hannah Williams, Stevensville Capstone: Revamping the union through communication and collaboration
Jenny Cade, Bozeman Capstone: Conscious Discipline.
Kate Belinda, Red Lodge Capstone: Help will always be given at RLEA to those who ask for it.
Katy Wright, Helena Capstone: Montessori Equity
Lauren Zent, Billings Capstone: Mentor Program
Mattie Walton, Billings Capstone: Engage preservice teachers in classrooms as substitutes while also providing classroom management skill-building.
Mike Telling, Dillon
Nikki Vradenburg, PBS Capstone: Improving professional development for teachers in rural schools
Patricia Ritter, Bozeman Capstone: Debunking the myths surrounding education and educators through teacher biographies.
Rebecca Telling, Dillon Capstone: Reorganization of our union.
Sarah Piper, MFPE Capstone: Clarity, cohesion, and communication.
Stacey Sager, Stevensville
Stephanie McBride-Bergantine, Bozeman Capstone: Connecting Math Intervention to the classroom.
Tracy Hardy, Missoula Capstone: Resources to encourage differentiated instruction and small group practices.
Alison Feddes, Bozeman Capstone: Connecting our district k-5 special education teachers as an organized group.
Anna Akger, Helena Capstone: Kindergarten Academy: Parent/Student night after Kindergarten Screening to help parents and students feel ready for school!
Ben Cummins, Missoula Capstone: Assist teachers in my district to earn their National Board Certification.
Brooke Taylor, Billings Capstone: Implementation of social justice in math
Caitlin Chiller, Livingston Capstone: Creating a professional development opportunity that will help high school English teachers in rural schools in Montana connect with one another.
Courtney Cox, Billings Capstone: Kindergarten readiness
Deb Persons, Bozeman Capstone: Academic Parent Teacher Teams
Georgia Holt, Gallatin Gateway Capstone: Create a learning network for Rural Gallatin/Madison County Teachers in Montana for professional development and peer revision.
Gia LaForge, Bozeman Capstone: Implementing Academic Parent Teacher Teams
Kathy Hoyt, Billings Capstone: Create a Digital Literacy Curriculum for the Middle School.
Kellen Alger, Helena Capstone: Re-establishing a productive district wide labor management team
Kelly Hayden, Bozeman Capstone: Teacher centered PD using Twitter to inspire and connect.
Kelly Haverlandt, Whitefish Capstone: I will be designing an instructional tool for members to use as a guide to understand our evaluation instrument.
Kim Busch, Billings Capstone: equality of services for students at non-Title 1 schools.
Kim Stout, Helena Capstone: Recruiting Teachers for National Board Certification.
Laurel King, Kalispell Capstone: Peer coaching cooperative
Lisa Pickens, Laurel Capstone: Developing Curturaly Responsive IEFA materials for my grade level
Luci McCausland, Bozeman Capstone: Define and cultivate the role of building representatives in order to increase communication between teachers, union leaders and our district administration.
Margaret Aukshun, Billings Capstone: Eliciting and Interpreting Student Evidence in Algebra PLC
Nicole Bogunovich, Billings Capstone: Creating an effective technology PD model within my school
Rachel Marker, Bozeman Capstone: Teacher-directed PD via Twitter: becoming a connected educator.
Sarah Sandau, East Helena Capstone: Coaching/Mentoring/Collaboration in Technology.
Teresa Mountains, Billings Capstone: Increasing member activeness, awareness and increase new members
Mary Lyndes, Missoula Capstone: Getting funding for the Franklin Home Teacher Project
Kathleen Devlin, Missoula Capstone: Getting funding for the Franklin Home Teacher Project
Carla Swenson, Glasgow Capstone: To create a multi-tiered mentorship program for my district
Crista Anderson, Dixon Capstone: Develop a digital model of professional development supporting Common Core implementation that meets the needs of systems (district leadership, principals, educators, community, and parents.)
Ann Brucker, Billings Capstone: PR and Communication for BPS
Kelly Jones, Bozeman Capstone: Early Childhood Advocacy in Montana
Christine Rasmussen, Bozeman Capstone: Early Childhood Advocacy in Montana
Kate Cordes, Billings Capstone: How Student Motivation Affects The Accuracy of Assessments
Sara Hagen Hull, Missoula Capstone: Mentoring in Special Education
Trish Klock, Helena Capstone: Meaningful Mentoring
Jane Shawn, Helena Capstone: Meaningful Mentoring
Jake West, Helena Capstone: Meaningful Mentoring
Elizabeth Matthews, Gallatin Gateway Capstone: Creating more awareness and involvement with the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in the State of Montana
Marne Burt, Billings Capstone: Taking on a mentorship role in my building and assisting in various projects that improve the learning of students by empowering other teachers with 21st skills.
Tara Hirsch, Bozeman Capstone: Growing Resilience in Young Teachers
Kristi Gaines, Bozeman Capstone: Moving Math Forward in Montana