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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Global Education Initiatives

The College of Education is known for its engagement across the globe. This engagement comes in the form of research, collaborative international teaching experiences, and community service. 

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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.

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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!

Upcoming BTLC Events

Episode 3: Connecting with Others in Difficult Times: Tending to Our Social and Emotional Dimensions of Wellness to Build and Sustain Healthy Relationships

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 5:30pm to 7:00pm
This is being advertised by the BTLC! Please view the description for how to register. TLC Credit: IS (T), SEBH Presenter: Dr. Jacob Priest, Associate Professor and Director, Couple and Family Therapy program; Director – LGBTQ Counseling Clinic This episode is meant to give you tools for managing your emotions to better connect with others in a meaningful way during stressful times...such as the holidays. In this discussion we will address relationship questions and offer advice on how to set...
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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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