Teacher Leadership Academy

One factor that’s been proven, time and again, to affect student success in the classroom is the quality of the teaching they receive. That’s why Impact Alamance created a county-wide Teacher Leadership Academy in 2015.

The Academy is part of an Impact Alamance commitment to invest $750,000 over five years for professional development for ABSS teachers and staff. Each year, 50 teachers — one from each school as well as 14 additional candidates from throughout the district —
will participate in the year-long professional development program.

Each participant attends an annual retreat and spends one full day each month learning about key tenets of the ABSS strategic plan and how they can support the plan in their schools.

“It helps build the culture of lifelong learning that we want as a school system,” says Dr. Harrison, who attends the daylong retreats along with the teachers. He says the Academy is more powerful than other teacher development programs he’s seen. “I really believe it is a national model.”

Teachers who participate in the Academy, including a two-day retreat in June, can also apply for grants to implement new and creative programs in their school. Impact Alamance funded $135,000 of these teacher innovation grants in 2014-2015.

2015 Impact Alamance Teacher Leadership Academy Grants

B. Everett Jordan Elementary School – $20,000

E.M. Yoder Elementary — $6,920
LEGO story creation and filming to engage students in literacy and math-rich education

Graham Middle School — $20,000
Innovation Lab

Hillcrest Elementary — $3,550
Early exposure to higher education program

E.M. Holt Elementary — $10,000
Science kits

Walter Williams High School — $19,700
Innovative pilot program for at-risk students

Pleasant Grove Elementary — $9,000
Common Core podcast for individual student instruction during physical activity


Marvin B. Smith Elementary — $2,800
Interactive maps and globally focused books

Western Alamance Middle School — $1,630
Cameras for environmental education and direct scientific observation

North Graham Elementary — $8,800
Equipment for physical activity and play in underserved area

Alexander Wilson Elementary — $12,000
Technology-based classroom

Western Middle School — $16,000
“Bring Your Own Device” pilot project

Turrentine Middle School — $4,600
Upgrading a classroom to improve collaboration and focus among struggling students