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.

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Educator Wellness Video Podcast Series

The Scanlan Center for School Mental Health and the Baker Teacher Leader Center are proud to offer the 2022-2023 Educator Wellness Video Podcast Series. Featuring national wellness experts, the 8-part series is designed to enrich personal wellness dimensions, translating into healthier social-emotional-behavioral health practices in the PreK-12 schools. Earn one free Iowa Licensure Renewal Credit if you attend all eight!

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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

Family Professional Partnership Tool

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
This is being advertised by the BTLC! Please view the description for how to register. TLC Credit: IS (T), UI REACH Presenter: Diane Brenneman CF Family, Training Director CHSC Kelly Von Lehmden, LEND Training Director  All are welcome to attend; prior registration is not required. If you are interested in this event, please contact Lori Vander Velden for the Zoom link at lori-vandervelden@uiowa.edu

Free Film Screening and Discussion: MIJA

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 7:00pm to 9:00pm
FilmScene (Chauncey)
This is being advertised by the BTLC! TLC Credit: IS (T) Please visit the Multicultural & International Student Support & Engagement homepage for more information. Presenter(s): Hosted by Latino Native American Cultural Center  Description: Join us in a FREE movie screening of the documentary MIJA, at FilmScene at the Chanucey. After the film we will engage in a brief conversation about the pressures of first gen Latinx/a/o people in the U.S. and how to navigate these pieces. 

Iowa Waivers & Other Associated Government Systems & Programs

Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
This is being advertised by the BTLC! Please view the description for how to register. TLC Credit: IS (T), UI REACH Presenter: Caitlin Owens, licensed master social worker (LMSW), CF- Social Work, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Operations Manager All are welcome to attend; prior registration is not required. If you are interested in this event, please contact Lori Vander Velden for the Zoom link at lori-vandervelden@uiowa.edu
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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

N121 Lindquist Center

319-335-5349

william-behrends@uiowa.edu

Kari Vogelgesang

Director, Professional Development

N120 Lindquist Center

319-335-5348

kari-vogelgesang@uiowa.edu

Amira Nash

Associate Director, Partnerships and Programs

N110 Lindquist Center

319-467-4809

amira-nash@uiowa.edu

Mariana Ruggiero Colombo

Associate Director, Professional Development and Online Programming

N110 Lindquist Center

mariana-colombo@uiowa.edu