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Teacher Leadership Initiative launches new website

The National Education Association (NEA), Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) have launched a new website for the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI), a joint comprehensive effort to recruit, prepare, activate, and support the next generation of teachers to lead a transformed teaching profession.

The website, www.teacherleadershipinitiative.org, describes the initiative and its partners, showcases participants’ capstone projects, and chronicles teachers’ success stories. It also provides information for teachers interested in joining the initiative as well as districts seeking to support and activate more teacher leaders.

Currently, more than 450 teachers from 10 states are participating in the initiative. TLI participants select one of four curriculum strands designed and facilitated by expert teachers—Common Core implementation, social justice, teacher evaluation, and school redesign—and participate in a series of virtual and face-to-face learning experiences that culminate in an individual capstone project addressing a leadership challenge in their school or district. A new cohort of teachers will begin the third year of the initiative in August 2015.

“With the launch of the new TLI website, we’re prepared to connect, ready, and mobilize teacher leaders that are truly interested in transforming the teaching profession,” said Barnett Berry, founder, partner, and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality. “The partnership between NEA, the National Board, and CTQ continues to demonstrate the importance of supporting teachers as leaders in the teaching profession.”

TLI aims to create a national network of teacher leaders prepared to transform instructional practice, education policy, and education associations.

“With two years of positive results behind us,” said Berry, “we’re thrilled to see how the launch of the TLI website will fuel additional interest in TLI and increase opportunities for teachers to lead the profession.”