Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Our Vision: Today

The Galileo Institute is a collaborative model for educational change that acknowledges teachers as vital change agents in the educational mission to improve student achievement. The institute promotes the study and application of models of leadership and best practices.

The Galileo Institute is a response to the continuing challenge to ensure high-quality teachers in every public school classroom. With the press of national mandates, including the No Child Left Behind legislation, there is an urgency to transform the role of teachers so they may take on the responsibilities of educational leadership that results in learning for all.

The Galileo Institute honors the conviction that educators are eager to be purposeful professionals and that leadership is a fundamental aspect of a professional life. The Galileo Institute is comprised of result-driven efforts aimed at student achievement, leadership development and systemic changes. The institute’s initiatives may include:
  • creating and sustaining professional learning communities in schools and community colleges;
  • identifying and linking leadership efforts, statewide and nationally;
  • advocating and contributing to graduate programs that include an emphasis on the study of teacher leadership;
  • offering CEU credits needed for state certification requirements;
  • encouraging the use of high-tech tools to expand teachers’ access to best practices, data, resources and communication with other teachers;
  • sponsoring and facilitating leadership conferences and seminars that showcase best practices, promote dialogue about educational issues, and sustain a network of diverse educators;sustaining and expanding the original Galileo Academy for the preparation of teacher leaders;
  • partnering with on-going local efforts to provide professional coaching and mentoring of formal leadership positions, including principals, superintendents and deans.
Our Vision: The Future

Exploring the Future of the Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership
Consultancy Report #1

Phase One Findings and Recommendations

The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good
Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education
University of Michigan - July 7, 2008

The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, in response to the Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership’s Request for Proposals of February 2008, is in the process of examining sustainable organizational models that would enable the Institute to expand its role as a regional center of school leadership reform while continuing to meet the needs of its constituents, fulfill its obligation of service to others, and expand its vision and activities. Realizing the desired future vision of the Institute involves an organizational analysis and review of the present and future mission and goals of the Institute, an assessment of the impact and outcomes of any potential change, the development of a funding strategy to support the expanded organizational form though both an initial transitional period and a longer stabilization period, and identifying principles the Institute might chose to adopt in organizing a comprehensive strategic planning process for its expanded vision.

To accomplish these goals, the National Forum developed a three-phase approach for providing an organizational analysis and a set of recommendations to the Institute. Phase I consists of inquiry and fact finding regarding the Institute’s current work, areas of expertise, and emerging potential. Phase II involves researching the Institute’s structure and situating the Institute both in its current association with Oakland University and in comparison to competing teacher leadership programs. Providing support to the Institute regarding a choice of funding models capable of sustaining its expanded vision while meeting the needs of its constituents comprises the work of Phase III.

The report summarizes the Phase I analysis. The report is comprised of three sections. The Model of Engagement introduces the qualitative methodology behind the National Forum’s research design. In this section, we describe how the perspectives held by key stakeholders were used to guide the analysis and the recommendations that make up this report. The Report on Work Plan Initiatives details how the underlying goals and objectives of Phase I guided the National Forum’s work plan. Finally, the Findings and Recommendations outlines the key conclusions of the interviews and research to date and provides preliminary suggestions arising from our findings. For further information on this project or discussion of this report please contact its authors at The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, 2339 School of Education Building, 610 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259. Telephone: (734) 615-8882 or

John C. Burkhardt - Lara K. Badke - Paul T Feigenbaum - Nathan F. Harris - Kathryn Q. Thirolf