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 two-day regional convenings to help spotlight and advance the groundbreaking, teacher-led work that is happening in states, districts, and schools across the country. During a summit, 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.

These thoughtfully developed logical models, or action plans, outlining concrete outcomes-based solutions, can then be brought back to teams’ communities to clearly communicate project goals and rationale and build support among key stakeholders.

Over the course of two 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 the Summit is 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 will host our 19th Teacher Leadership Summit in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 27-29, 2020.

The San Juan summit will provide teachers and their supporters with time to collaborate, as well as skills and professional consultation, to incubate innovative ideas that can make a positive impact for students in their schools, communities, districts, and states.

“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


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