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Chaparral, Tavan teachers participate in leadership initiative

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  • Becky Kelbaugh/Scottsdale Unified School District

The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) is proud to announce that two teachers were selected to participate in the national Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI) – Lauren Updegrove, a 3rd grade teacher at Tavan Elementary School, and Christine Porter Marsh, a 12th grade teacher/coach at Chaparral High School.

The TLI is a program to develop a new generation of leaders within the teaching profession.

“We are very proud to have Lauren and Christine participate in the TLI and represent SUSD. Once again, SUSD is ‘The Best Choice’ for students in Arizona because of talented and dedicated teachers like Lauren and Christine,” said Dr. Andi Fourlis, assistant superintendent of Teaching & Learning.

Ms. Updegrove and Ms. Marsh were two of 150 educators from six states chosen for the 2014 pilot year.

The TLI is a joint endeavor of the National Education Association (NEA), the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board). The initiative is the product of the organizations’ shared vision of teacher-leadership advancing the profession.

The long-term goals of the TLI are: 1) define the foundational competencies of teacher leadership; 2) develop relevant experiences and supports to help teachers cultivate those competencies; and (3) activate teachers to be leaders for their profession as a result of their participation in this process.

One hundred and fifty educators representing Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan and Mississippi were chosen for the 2014 pilot year. 

“This initiative will ultimately develop expertise and engage thousands of teacher-leaders in leadership work in schools, with NEA affiliates, and in state houses throughout the country—because every student should have the best possible educators in their schools.” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “The program will prepare and support the next generation of our profession’s leaders to meet the demands of a 21st Century teaching professional and ensure the success of their students.”

Participants will engage with an interactive curriculum designed and facilitated by other expert teachers. Their learning will take place on CTQ’s Collaboratory platform and in face-to-face meetings.

Once teacher leaders have been prepared, TLI will mobilize their leadership to help advance student learning, strengthen the teaching profession, and provide vision and direction to the Association.  In addition, the partners will develop systems to support their on-going professional growth.

“The National Board is proud to partner with NEA and CTQ on the Teacher Leadership Initiative,” said Ron Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board. “It is our strong belief that positive change in education must be driven by the profession and shaped by the invaluable experience of teachers working in classrooms. The TLI marks an important milestone in our collective effort to elevate the profession.”

About the Scottsdale Unified School District

Scottsdale Unified School District, where we Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day. The District and 15 schools have earned the state’s highest A-F Achievement Profile grade – A. All Scottsdale schools are graded as A, B, or C by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information about Scottsdale Unified schools, please visit

About the National Education Association

The National Education Association ( is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.