This toolkit builds on the work of Leading Educators to create the original State Teacher Leadership Toolkit, including the original State Action Framework and state examples. The first toolkit was funded through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Joyce Foundation. This version was developed collaboratively between the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and Leading Educators to capture key insights from recent teacher leadership initiatives and to provide states and districts with relevant guidance to support effective teacher leadership design models.
Strategies to Build, Support, and Sustain Teacher Leadership Opportunities
School systems—and the challenges they face—are often complex and diverse; effectively addressing these challenges may require a leadership approach that moves beyond traditional teacher and administrator roles. Teacher leadership is one strategy many states and districts are pursuing to facilitate meaningful change and support better outcomes for their students.
To support these efforts, the Teacher Leadership Toolkit 2.0 includes a synthesis of research on teacher leadership, current examples, and useful tools for designing, implementing, and supporting teacher leadership initiatives. Toolkit 2.0 builds on previous work by our partner, Leading Educators and includes 10 supporting resources exploring key aspects of teacher leadership initiatives at the national, state, and local levels. States and districts can use the toolkit to drive planning and decision-making and to build knowledge with stakeholders and colleagues.
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There are many types of teacher leadership programs, systems, roles, and opportunities at both the state and local levels. States can be powerful partners with districts and schools that are designing or implementing teacher leadership systems; likewise, schools and districts can help states scale and spread effective approaches to teacher leadership by sharing their successes and challenges.