Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy

Open to all South Dakota teachers with 5+ years of teaching experience

The Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy offers teachers who have taught for five+ years an experience-based learning opportunity to further develop their educational leadership skills and explore administrative roles and responsibilities in schools. Teachers who successfully complete the course will earn three graduate credits. These can be applied toward an advanced degree in education.

Courses will be taught by Professor of Practice faculty (qualified retired superintendents of schools) and guest speakers. Among other things, participants will:

  • Discover the areas of educational leadership that best fit them.
  • Gain insight into what educational leadership entails.
  • Learn about requirements for certification.
  • Better understand themselves and how to lead all personality types.
  • Develop strategies for building and maintaining effective teams.

Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy will run during the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years and will accept 60 students in the first year and another 60 students in its second year.

This academy is provided at NO COST to teachers, thanks to funding provided by the South Dakota Department of Education. School districts will be reimbursed for substitute teacher expenses and teacher travel/lodging costs. It is highly recommended that students establish a mentor relationship with an administrator in their district during the academy. If a mentor is selected, reimbursement to the school district of up to $500.00 may be provided for workload.

Participant Information


Focus on Four Core Areas of Leadership
The program will focus on the following four core areas of leadership. Activities and learning outcomes will be built around these core areas.
    • Leading Self
    • Leading Others
    • Leading a Team
    • Leading with Purpose
Book Reviews
The class members will read, discuss, and learn from three leadership book reviews.

DISC Personality Assessment
Each class member will take a DISC personality assessment, and this assessment will be used throughout the program to identify the various leadership styles and how those styles are presented in the workplace.

EQ-i (Emotional Intelligence) Assessment
Each class member will take an EQ-i (Emotional Intelligence) Assessment to gain personal insight into the following areas and how to utilize this awareness to sustain, improve and capitalize where appropriate:
    • Self-awareness
    • Self-management
    • Social awareness
    • Motivation
    • Relationship management
Public Speaking Experiences
Each class member will be expected to participate in public speaking experiences in front of their class members on topics chosen by the facilitators.

Goal Setting
Each class member will be expected to complete class assignments and goal setting based on David Cottrell’s book, Tuesday Morning Coaching.

Deeper Understanding of Concepts
Each class member will also gain a greater understanding of concepts like:
    • Work & Life Balance
    • Professional Development Model
    • Change Cycle
    • Case Studies with leadership applications

The participants will experience the following learning outcomes:

    • Discover the area of educational leadership that best fits them personally.

    • Gain insight into what educational leadership entails.

    • Better understand what the requirements are for certification.

    • Better understand themselves and understand how to lead when dealing with all four personality types.

    • Learn strategies on how to manage their personal and work lives to enhance their productivity.

    • Learn strategies to work more effectively with others in the workplace.

    • Learn strategies on how to build and maintain effective teams.

    • Learn how to identify key characteristics of current and future employees.

The application for the 2022-2023 Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy will include the following:

1. Online Application
    The online application should be completed and submitted by end of day on September 11, 2022. All applicants need to complete and submit all application materials. Please note that there are a few long-form questions that will need to be answered on your application, including:
      • Why are you interested in participating in the Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy?
      • What do you hope to accomplish through your participation in the Dakota Dreams Leadership Academy?
      • Who has been a mentor to you and how have they been influential in your life?
2. Résumé
    A current résumé must be uploaded to the application.
3. Supervisor and Mentor Approval Form
    A completed and signed Supervisor and Mentor Approval Form from your school is required with the application. This form attests that your school and mentor (if identified) understand and support the time commitment of your participation and the expenses that will be reimbursed to the school district.
4. Letter of Reference
    One letter of reference must be uploaded to the application.


Teachers who successfully complete the course will earn three graduate credits. These credits may be applied toward advanced degrees in education through the following universities:


2022-2023 cLASS dATES AND lOCATIONS

The 2022-2023 Dakota Dreams Teacher Leadership Academy will meet in two cohorts of 30 over three instructional days during the school year and over a three-day period in the summer. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants at no cost.

Dates

Location

Cohort 1

Cohort 2


December 6, 2022

(9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT)

December 7, 2022

(9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT)

Northern State University, Aberdeen

January 24, 2023

(9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT)

January 25, 2023

(9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT)

South Dakota State University, Brookings

April 11, 2023

(9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT)

April 12, 2023

(9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT)

University of South Dakota, Vermillion

June 6-8, 2023

(Day one:  9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT)

(Day two:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT)

(Day three: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT)

USD-Sioux Falls

This opportunity is being administered by the South Dakota Board of Regents and funded with federal dollars available to the South Dakota Department of Education through the American Rescue Plan.