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.

Upcoming BTLC Events

Teaching with Transformative Texts (Session 3): Elizabeth Samet on "Hamlet"

Thursday, December 2, 2021 11:30am to 12:30pm
Please register online. TLC Credit: Traditional. Presenter: Elizabeth Samet, Professor of English at the United States Military Academy, Please join us for a series of workshops on what can be done to strengthen general education—as students move into STEM, business, health, and other pre-professional fields—to ensure that college students, whatever their major or background, encounter inspiring works of literature and philosophy and grasp the power of the humanities and its relevance to…

Webinar 3: Teaching SEBH Through PBIS

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Please register online. TLC Credit: Traditional, SEL Click to access the BTLC Zoom Meeting Room to attend this workshop.  Presenter: Mary Crnobori, PhD, BCBA; District Coordinator of Trauma-Informed Schools for Metro Nashville Public Schools PBIS offers an ideal framework for teaching and practicing SEL competencies. This session will teach education professionals how to provide SEL instruction with a trauma-informed lens through a PBIS framework, allowing for a school-wide implementation…

Recording of Emotion Commotion

Friday, December 31, 2021 11:30pm to 11:45pm
Please register online. TLC Credit: Traditional, SEL. Asynchronous. We will discuss different strategies our students can use to recognize and manage their emotions: size of problem, feelings thermometer, brain model, and window of tolerance. We will apply these strategies to students at the elementary, middle, and high school grade level.  Link for workshop: Presenter: Ashley Banta, TLC Graduate Assistant To earn credit for this module, please…
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Mission and Vision

The Linda R. Baker Teacher Leader Center is dedicated to producing and supporting 21st-century Teacher Leaders.

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
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