The Linda R. Baker Teacher Leader Center is a comprehensive professional development center and professional learning commons designed to create the next generation of 21st century teachers, leaders, scholars and innovators.

The Teacher Leader Center adds value and vitality to the teacher education experience and enhances the marketability of our professional students and scholars through unique programs that are highly relevant to today’s education.

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Teacher Leader Certificate

The Teacher Leader Certificate is a series of competencies and experiences in the areas of assessment, technology, diversity and community engagement offered through workshops, and community partnerships to encourage strong classroom leadership skills among teacher education students.

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Professional Development

Teachers can earn Iowa Licensure Renewal Credit through relevant, research and evidence-based professional development workshops and courses. 

*University of Iowa Alumni receive a 10% discount on all professional development courses and workshops offered through the Baker Teacher Leader Center.


Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health Webinar Series

The Iowa Center for School Mental Health and the Baker Teacher Leader Center are proud to partner in offering the Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health (SEBH) Webinar Series. Designed to support education professionals through professional development to increase understanding and support of the social, emotion, and behavioral health needs of diverse student and family populations, as well as their own healthy personal and professional life.

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Partnerships and Programs

From regional collaborations with Iowa school districts to innovative global academic opportunities, our robust programs and partnerships provide support and programming for students interested in exploring education as a future career.

Upcoming BTLC Events

Land, Water & Spirituality

Friday, May 20, 2022 11:00am to 12:30pm
Open to College of Education faculty/staff/students only. TLC Credit: IS (T) If you need assistance joining the event or want more information contact Deb Kakavas at 319-335-6412 or   Presenter: Event Description Coming Soon!

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Friday, June 3, 2022 9:00am to 3:00pm
Lindquist Center
Please register online. TLC Credit (2 TLC Certificate Credits): IS (T), SEL  Presenter: Allison Levine, Ph.D., CRC Mental Health First Aid certification, which must be renewed every three years, teaches participants to: Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury. Youth Mental Health First Aid addresses mental health challenges...

Enhancing Educator & Student Well-Being

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 8:30am
Please register online. TLC Credit: IS (T), SEL. You can earn 2 credits for attending the entire event. Click to access the BTLC Zoom Meeting Room to attend this workshop.  Presenter: Kelli Norgaard, Ed.D, Educator Development Advisor at Breathe For Change and Michelle Cordero, Lead Trainer & Content Specialist at Breathe For Change Breathe For Change uses wellness as a vehicle for healing and social change. Through professional development experiences that nurture that critical connection...
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Do you identify as a BIPOC student? 

For resources, community events, and offerings, visit:  Supporting BIPOC Students

Mission and Vision

The Baker Teacher Leader Center (BTLC) strives to offer evidence-based and innovative professional development and career advancement experiences, for both pre – and in-service educators, helping to advance our profession in ways that will affect positive change in our communities across the nation. We aspire to collaborate with content area experts and leaders to solve issues related to the field of education.

About Us

Meet our staff

William Coghill-Behrends

Director, Global Education Initiatives

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Kari Vogelgesang

Director, Professional Development

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Amira Nash

Associate Director, Partnerships and Programs

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Mariana Ruggiero Colombo

Associate Director, Professional Development and Online Programming

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