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Partnership Spotlight: Teach to Lead

Teach Plus Joins Teach to Lead Initiative to Advance Teacher Leadership Nationwide 

In September 2018, Teach Plus joined the Teach to Lead initiative as a partner with the U.S. Department of Education and ASCD.  Created by experienced educators, Teach to Lead expands opportunities for teachers to advance student achievement by improving the policies and programs that affect their work without leaving the classroom.

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San Jose STEAM Summit:  Teacher Leadership in Action


Each Teach to Lead’s Teacher Leadership Summit brings together teams of educators to collaborate and problem-solve how to improve learning in their school, district, or state.  We launched our partnership at Teach to Lead’s 16th summit in San Jose, California, Sept. 28-30, which convened 20 teacher leader teams from 17 states to work on a range of actionable projects from equitable offerings for students to school change through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). 

(Photo: Teach Plus President and CEO Roberto J. Rodríguez announces the partnership and welcomes the participants to the San Jose Summit.)


Teach to Lead’s “critical friends,” who work with each team closely during the summit and are central to their success, hail from over 170 supporting organizations and also include outstanding teacher leaders who have experience advocating for change.  In San Jose, two Teach Plus teacher leaders from California, Josh Brown and Hang Nguen, worked with their teams on projects “STEAM for ALL” and “Science Buddies.”

(Photo: Teach Plus Teacher leadership panel. Left to right: Sarah Lillis, Teach Plus California Executive Director; Stephen McMahon, Deputy Superintendent, San Jose Unified School District; Josh Brown and Hang Nguyen, Teach Plus California Policy Fellowship alumni.)

"The Teach to Lead Summit reaffirmed for me what educators know already: The answers to our most pressing questions about public education are found inside the schoolhouse walls.  When a teacher’s voice is amplified, supported, and encouraged, student success follows." ― Josh Brown in an op-ed on the ASCD blog


Teach Plus California Policy Fellowship alumna Lauren Stuart listens to teachers practice their stories during her ‘Storytelling for Impact’ session at the Summit. 

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