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from U.S. Department of Education

I am writing today to invite your organization's participation in a growing teacher leadership initiative called Teach to Lead. The mission of Teach to Lead is to expand opportunities for teacher leadership, particularly those that allow teachers to teach and improve learning outcomes for students. Because of your organization's leadership reaching Latino educators, we are asking your organization to become a supporter in our efforts to advance teacher leadership specifically in Latino communities and schools.

About Teach to Lead. Following an announcement made by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Teach to Lead was launched two months ago as a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The initiative seeks to foster collaboration among teachers, principals, administrators, system level leaders and others in ways that:
  • Elevate teacher voice and influence in policy and practice;
  • Increase pathways and opportunities for teachers to exercise leadership, especially those that allow teachers to continue to teach students on a regular basis; and
  • Expand existing efforts and create new models of what teacher-led work looks like.
The goals of this initiative are to: highlight the good work that is already happening around the country; share resources that can help individuals, schools, districts and states to expand their opportunities for teacher leadership; and encourage and support educators at all levels to commit to advancing opportunities for teacher leadership.

As part of the Teach to Lead initiative, we have created an online platform called Commit to Lead, where educators learn about existing teacher leadership stories, share resources and best practices, and crowd-source innovative ideas for current and future teacher leadership. more


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