In coordination with supporting organizations, Teach to Lead® hosts regional Teacher Leadership Summits to help spotlight and advance the groundbreaking, teacher-led work that is happening in states, districts, and schools across the country.

Summits have been held or scheduled in the following cities:

Upcoming Summits

Austin, TX – September 22-24, 2017

Completed Summits
Columbus, OH – May 5-7, 2017
Louisville, KY – December 6-7, 2014
Denver, CO – January 10-11, 2015
Boston, MA – February 6-8, 2015
Washington, D.C. – July 23-24, 2015
Tacoma, Washington – September 26-27, 2015
Baltimore, MD – February 13-14, 2016
New Orleans, LA – April 23-24, 2016
Minneapolis, MN – July 23-24, 2016
Long Beach, CA – September 23-24, 2016
Teacher Prep Summit in Washington, D.C. – November 3-4, 2016
Inclusion, Equity, Opportunity Summit in Chicago, IL – December 2-4, 2016

Summits allow participating teachers, principals, districts, supporting organizations and states to:

  • Share ideas and best practices and learn from examples of existing teacher leadership efforts;
  • Identify common challenges and create concrete, actionable teacher leadership plans to address them locally;
  • Network and build relationships with other educators and leaders in their region; and
  • Identify promising ideas for follow-up support through future engagement events.

View an example of a summit agenda here.


Q. How are summit locations chosen?

A. The locations are chosen based on multiple criteria including the prevalence of promising teacher leadership efforts in the area, broad support among area stakeholders for teacher leadership and ease of travel for potential participants.

Q. Who is eligible to attend a summit? How does a teacher attend?

A. Teachers have the opportunity to submit their ideas through an online survey to be considered to attend summits. The U.S. Department of Education, ASCD and the National Board work closely with supporting organizations to send out invitations to attend regional teacher leadership summits in a variety of ways. 

Q. How are participants selected?

A. Participants are selected by a panel of educators based on the teacher leadership ideas they have submitted through an online survey.

Q. Who will pay for expenses to attend the summit?

A. There will be no charge for the summit, but each participant will be responsible to pay their own travel expenses.

Q. Will there be more events announced? If so, how can my state/district/organization be considered in the mix?

A. Based upon interest and available resources, there could be additional summits. We’ve also introduced Powered by Teach to Lead. These events support organizations interested in building on the Teach to Lead model to conduct similar teacher leadership summits that provide the flexibility and support necessary to meet the unique needs of promising teacher-led projects.