Summits 2018-10-05T17:56:59+00:00

Teach to Lead 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.

Teacher Leadership Summits are convenings designed to help spotlight and advance the groundbreaking, teacher-led work that is happening in states, districts, and schools across the country. At Summits, teams of educators convene to think deeply about a problem of practice – an idea for how to improve learning in their school, district, or state context – and to work as a team to plan solutions. 

“After 24 years of teaching, I’ve never been more excited to be in the classroom.” – Summit participant

What is a Teach to Lead® Summit?

Summits assist teams of educators to incubate their good ideas using a logic model. Every team must include, if not be led by, active classroom teachers. Logic models can be designed to address a range of topics, but all must use teacher leadership as a key strategy and empower teachers in their communities to lead change without having to leave the classroom.

These thoughtfully developed logical models, or action plans, outline a specific problem needing to be addressed and theory of action for addressing the issues. Teams work collaboratively to identify the resources needed, concrete steps to take and means of measuring progress towards their concrete outcomes-based solutions. These plans can then be brought back to teams’ communities to clearly communicate project goals and build support among key stakeholders.

Over the course of two and a half days, teams network with and get feedback from other teacher leaders and experts, have focused time for collaboration, and participate in targeted skills development sessions designed to increase project success.

While most of Teach to Lead Summits are dedicated to intensive team work, Summits are enriched by speakers ranging from world-renowned experts to middle school students to better support, inspire, and inform participants on the importance of advancing collaboration, equity, leadership, and the teaching profession.

Where are Teach to Lead Summits?

Teach to Lead hosted our 16th Teacher Leadership Summit in San Jose, CA this past September 28-30, 2018.

The San Jose STEAM summit provided 20 teams of teachers and their supporters from 17 states with time to collaborate, as well as skills and professional consultation, to incubate innovative ideas to improve STEAM instruction for students.

San Jose teams worked to make engaging STEAM instruction available to ALL students; create neer-peer mentoring opportunities to encourage more students to consider teaching; improve professional development for educators; and leverage STEAM strategies to improve school-wide instruction and culture.

“This was my first Teach to Lead summit and it was an amazing experience. Very informative and encouraging,” said one San Jose participant. “I truly feel that as an educator I can change policy.” For more reflections, follow our feed on Twitter at #TTLSummit.

Previous Summits have take places in every region of the country from Long Beach, CA and Tacoma, WA to Boston, MA and Louisville, KY. Five Teach to Lead Summits, including San Jose, have had specific focus areas – including one in Washington, DC on Teacher Preparation and another in Chicago, IL on Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity. All Teach to Lead Summits  spotlight and advance groundbreaking, teacher-led work  happening in states, districts, and schools across the country.

“For the first time, I felt like I was at a conference where people were supporting my agenda, not expecting me to support theirs.”

– Summit participant


Read our frequently asked questions or email us at