Our Work in Schools

We believe that teachers, those closest to students and their families, are best positioned to make improvements to the culture, climate, and outcomes of schools.

We provide teacher leaders with the skills and space to collaboratively develop on-the-ground solutions to the persistent challenges schools and school networks face when seeking to improve students outcomes.

Teach Plus teacher leaders in our in-school instructional programs have centered equity in their leadership and have demonstrated effectiveness in their classrooms, proficiency in their content areas, and potential to effectively lead other teachers. Together with them, we work to make lasting change in school communities.

Networks for School Improvement

The Teach Plus Network for School Improvement (NSI) project, which Teach Plus led from 2018 to 2020, focused on ten Chicago and Los Angeles middle schools. The goal of the work was to increase the share of African-American, Latino, and low-income students ready for high school success in mathematics, as a defining point in preparing students to stay on track for high school graduation and college success.

In 2020, Teach Plus launched a new, five-year project in partnership with Chicago Public Schools to increase the readiness of Black, Latino, and low-income middle school students in math and reading. Working across 15 K-8 schools, NSI is supporting Chicago’s teachers, principals, and leaders to develop and implement classroom changes that will benefit student learning while maintaining a central focus on advancing equity in the classroom. Teacher-led teams are developing continuous improvement cycles to advance strategies that promote student learning, support access to high standards, and accelerate progress on grade-level content. Teachers across NSI are also honing their leadership skills to explore and integrate equity into their strategies for teaching and instructional change.

Pennsylvania: Improving Literacy in Early Grades

Between 2018 and 2020, Teach Plus’s coaching and professional development project in Philadelphia focused on improving literacy and reading in the early elementary grades, including deep and sustained professional learning around race and equity. Teach Plus teacher leaders working across five elementary schools in Philadelphia elevated equity to the core of a teacher-led movement to improve early literacy. The results have been transformative.

Teach Plus partner schools outpaced the school district on academic learning and growth across multiple early literacy measures, including the third-grade state reading assessment. Two of the schools, Bayard Taylor Elementary School and Alexander McClure Elementary School, were recognized by the School District of Philadelphia among the most improved schools in the city.

As a result of this work, 100 percent of the teacher leaders agreed that, “Through the program, I have become more committed to working for equity” and 97 percent agreed that “My experience as a teacher leader has developed me to advocate for equity for all students.”