Teachers are increasingly leaping into school leadership positions nation-wide. In March 2014, the U.S. Department of Education launched a “Teach to Lead” initiative to expand opportunities for teachers to become involved in school leadership. The initiative began in response to an international survey showing that teachers engaged in school leadership are more satisfied in their jobs, have more confidence in their abilities, and are more likely to view teaching as a "valued profession" in society.
One aspect of the Teach to Lead initiative features Teacher Leadership Summits across the country. The next Summit will take place in Tacoma, Washington, September 26-27. Teachers can submit their teaching leadership ideas to be considered at the Summit—but hurry! The deadline for teaching leadership submissions is 11:59 p.m. on August 13. To find out more about the Washington Teacher Leadership Summit and the Teach to Lead initiative, click here. To learn more about the international teacher leadership study relied on by the Department of Education, click here.