Teach to Lead® is an initiative jointly convened by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, ASCD and the U.S. Department of Education. The program’s mission is to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership. This is achieved by providing resources, facilitating stakeholder consultation, and encouraging professional collaborations to develop and amplify the work of teacher leaders.

Teach to Lead envisions a world in which teachers are valued as the foremost experts in instruction and, as such, are leaders of informing, developing, and implementing education policy and practice to steer systematic improvements to benefit student learning.

Through regional Teacher Leadership Summits, local Teacher Leadership Labs, collaboration with supporting organizations and engagement with educators, the initiative seeks to:

  • Increase pathways and opportunities for teachers to exercise leadership
  • Elevate teacher voice to inform and develop policy and practice
  • Expand existing efforts and create models to steer systemic improvements to benefit student learning

To create systemic and sustained change, Teach to Lead involves stakeholders at every level of education and is informed and driven by teacher voice. (To see a list of supporting organizations, click here.)