National Newsletter

Leadership transitions: An interview with Mission Hill

Mission Hill K-8 School, a Boston Public Pilot School, is entering an exciting new chapter as a teacher-powered school. After thirteen years with Ayla Gavins as principal, the school community has transitioned to a new leadership model with two Co-Teacher Leaders: Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin and Jenerra Williams.

Both are accomplished educators who have contributed their voices and efforts to educational issues across the country. In this blog post, an interview conducted by Mission Hill colleague Danny Flannery, Geralyn and Jenerra describe the leadership transition experience—and how they view Mission Hill’s place in the larger educational landscape.

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Teacher-powered events in Boston, LA, and the Midwest

Our teacher-powered regional networks are busy this fall, with networking and learning events available to network members. Have questions? Reach out to our regional ambassadors.


  • A networking happy hour at Turtle Swamp Brewing, 4-6 p.m. TOMORROW, Friday, September 27.
  • Save the date for Boston’s Teacher-Powered Group Share on Wednesday, November 6 at Mission Hill.

Los Angeles:

  • Register now for the Pilot Schools Network Teacher Workshop: Connecting to Innovation coming up soon on Wednesday, October 2. Learn more.
  • And don’t forget the Pilot Schools Network Kick-Off on Saturday, October 12. Learn more.
  • We are organizing a Teacher-Powered event on the morning of November 9. Save the date! We are deciding which topics to cover and we would like your input! Please fill out this form to help us plan for the event.


  • An evening networking event at Bald Man Brewing in Eagan, MN on Friday, November 8 at 5 p.m.
  • Then, the next day, Saturday, November 9, join us for Teacher-Powered Day in Burnsville, MN, a first-of-its-kind one-day regional professional development event. Learn more.

Join the the teacher-powered network

You’re invited to join a powerful community in the Teacher-Powered Network. As part of the network, you can:
  • Share your story—like the blog post featured in this newsletter.
  • Attend network-only events like those highlighted above—and receive discounts on conferences and events.
  • Find support—through training opportunities, relationships with fellow teacher-powered educators, and visits to other teacher-powered schools.
Learn more


PEN 2019 National Conference
October 3–5 | Twin Cities, MN

Educating for Democracy: Navigating the Current and Channeling the Future of Progressive Education.

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Community Schools Fundamentals Conference
October 16–18 | New York City

Designed specifically for those new or relatively new to community schools.

Learn more.

Teacher-Powered Day
November 9 | Twin Cities, MN

A day designed to improve your collaborative leadership practices, for teams already teaching and leading at teacher-powered, student-centered schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Learn more.

Independent Charter School Symposium
November 17–20 | Old Town Albuquerque

With a special session on “the teacher-powered school.”

Learn more.

Teacher-Powered Jobs Board shares job postings from our network of schools around the country. Check in on the board now and bookmark the page to stay in the know for teacher-powered job opportunities.

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