Talladega County Central High School was one of 26 schools chosen to send a delegation to the the national “Teach to Lead” conference.

The two-day event began Friday and will conclude Saturday.

Principal Quentin Lee, Vice Principal Tim Gallahar, school counselor Christy Smith, collaborative education specialist Deborah Gover and Genesis Principal Joanne Swain will represent TCC.

“It will be a wonderful opportunity for us to be able to share our ideas for the future and receive input from some of the best,” Lee said.

During the conference, TCC educators will learn from examples of current teacher leadership efforts and be given an opportunity to share their best practices and ideas.

“I have witnessed progress with our school and I continue to see it on a daily basis. We are building a community here. I’m proud of that,” Lee said.

The conference will aid educators in identifying everyday challenges and create concrete action and leadership plans on how local leaders and educators should solve the addressed issues.

Selected schools were chosen by a panel of educators.

The participants were asked to submit teacher leadership ideas through the “Commit to Lead” community.

In their submissions, participants were required to have an “actionable teacher leadership idea.”

The addressed idea must “allow (the) teacher to lead from the classroom, identify an area of need or target a specific problem, develop and implement approaches that address the need or solve the problem, utilize teachers’ professional experiences and expertise, promote collaborative work among multiple stakeholders, seek to create systematic support for teacher leadership, be viable in the local context and sustainable over time, and be able to show measurable progress over time.”

Interested schools were also required to fill out a survey, which aided the panel in selecting the winning schools.

Submissions were scored based on their merits, not on comments or votes received.

TCC and Oxford High School will be the only Alabama schools represented in Baltimore.

Each school was assigned its own “action planner,” who will meet with his/her selected school throughout the conference.

On the last day of the conference, schools will present their “action plan” to their educational peers.

“Attending the conference will be a great opportunity to get new ideas from successful schools and to also address our school’s needs and how we achieve our goals. I want our students to know you may start out here, but you can go anywhere,” Lee said.

Teach to Lead is a joint partnership with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the U.S. Department of Education.

Teach to lead has more than 100 supporters, which include organizations, individual teachers, schools and districts across the nation to help promote teacher leadership.

To find out more information about “Teach to Lead,” visit www.teachtolead.org.