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Twenty-three educators from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District recently graduated as the inaugural class in John Carroll University’s Teacher-Leader Endorsement (TLE) program. JCU and the CH-UH School District co-designed the program, which prepares education professionals for positions of instructional leadership and focuses on improving schools at the local level. Faculty from JCU’s Department of Education and Allied Studies and CH-UH School District personnel served as instructors in the program. Each cohort member completed a final internship project focused on specific district initiatives such as instructional technologies and assessment strategies. Educators with the TLE are prepared to coach and mentor teachers at all stages of their careers, facilitate and lead change in their schools, manage conflict, and work with adult learners. Teacher-Leaders also collaborate with principals to develop clear goals and provide staff development. The TLE is one pathway through which teachers can earn the Lead Professional Educator License, the most advanced of the four license levels in the State of Ohio. A second cohort from the CH-UH School District plans to begin the TLE program at John Carroll later in the summer. The inaugural class gathered on the JCU campus on Wednesday, June 13, to reflect on their experiences and present findings from their internship projects. View photos from the gathering below. Reception for the Inaugural Teacher-Leader Cohort June 13, 2012 [gallery link="file" columns="4"]