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Teachers share how they’re leading their profession at national convening

More than 50 teacher leaders, funders, and organization representatives from across the country participated in Advancing the Profession: Examining the Outcomes of the TLI at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Two panels of teacher leaders and education policy experts spoke on the importance of recruiting, preparing, activating, and supporting the next generation of teachers to lead a transformed teaching profession through the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI), which is nearing the end of its third year.

“TLI is a catalyst for teachers and change, allowing us to step out of our comfort zone,” said Richard Rosivach, panelist and National Board Certified Teacher at Irondale High School in New Brighton, MN. “We are all leaders, but we are all different types of leaders. How can we be encouraged to develop our own form of leadership?”

Greg Toppo of USA Today and Caroline Hendrie of the Education Writers Association moderated the panels, which also included Kerrie Dallman of the Colorado Education Association, Fred Frelow of the Ford Foundation, Joshua Starr of Phi Delta Kappa, and teachers Erica Avent, Dawn DuPriest, and Jason Girtley.

Segun Eubanks, Director of Teaching Quality at the National Education Association, Peggy Brookins, Executive Vice President of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Barnett Berry, CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality, made remarks at the start of the event about the success and future potential of this partnership.

TLI is a joint endeavor of the three organizations resulting from the shared vision of teachers leading the profession through a movement of accomplished teachers' expertise at the core.