Teacher Leadership

Across the country, teacher leaders have created and found leadership roles that enable them to deepen their impact on students, coach and support their peers, mentor new or struggling teachers, and influence school district and state education policies—all while continuing to work directly with students in the classroom.

This work has the potential to change school culture, improve instructional practice and education policies, and ultimately help address some of the most complex challenges in our public schools. The problem is not everyone knows the potential for leadership, or how to realize it in their school or district.

On this site, you will find resources to help school leaders expand teacher leadership opportunities in their buildings. It is divided in to four sections:

  • The Case for Teacher Leadership: The argument for teacher leadership and how it benefits educators and students alike
  • Teacher Leadership in Action: Videos and stories about what four exemplary teacher leaders have been able to accomplish in their schools
  • Building a Sustainable Structure: Advice for school and district leaders on how to create structures to elevate teacher voices
  • State Teacher Leadership ToolkitA playbook for states to develop a framework to guide the planning, design, implementation, and assessment of teacher leadership initiatives that increase pedagogical content expertise and student achievement