Great Teachers Change Lives
We all remember that one great teacher - the one who ignited our love of learning and believed in all that we could be. We know that if every school was filled with those kinds of teachers, every family could expect their child to reach their fullest potential every year.
From the beginning, our work at Leading Educators has tried to make that vision a reality by investing in the single greatest determinant of student success: teachers. We're fortunate to partner with innovative school districts around the country who have welcomed us into their communities to strengthen teachers’ content knowledge and teaching practice. Teachers deserve consistent, school-based opportunities to grow, and we're determined to ensure that districts reach high-quality teaching and learning in every classroom.
Together with leaders at every level of a school system, we establish structures and supports that empower networks of teacher leaders to set ambitious teaching and learning goals, adopt best practices from the research, internalize high-quality content, and focus student interventions on priority standards. Our approach helps school and district leaders make equity-informed shifts that counteract systemic bias and ensure affirming, challenging learning experiences for every child every day.
Our work began in New Orleans in 2008 after Hurricane Katrina brought structural changes to the local school systems and schools were in need of leadership support. Since our launch, we have worked with a number of districts to strategically assess and support school transformation efforts through teacher leadership. Last year, Leading Educators’ work reached 730 teacher leaders who led and supported about 2,920 teachers in service of 72,950 students.