Nearly 175 teacher leaders and other educators and nonprofit and community advocates from across the country will gather this weekend, Sept. 26-27, in Washington state to share strategies and build plans to advance teacher leadership in their schools, districts and states. The Washington State Teacher Leadership Summit is the sixth in a series of regional summits being convened by Teach to Lead, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, along with 85 supporter organizations. The participants, from 24 states and Washington, D.C., include teams of educators, teacher leaders and nonprofit and community advocates who were selected based on ideas they submitted for teacher-led efforts to improve student outcomes.
Teach to Lead focuses on expanding opportunities for teacher leadership in ways that enhance student learning and make it possible for teachers to stay in the classroom while leading in the profession. The summits are designed to reflect and support collaboration between supporters, local school districts, teachers associations and other key leaders on the ground to advance teacher leadership.