Great to Influential


What do we know about the characteristics of teacher leaders; the roles they undertake; and the challenges and barriers that exist to teacher leadership? In this follow-up study to our Good to Great report, we conducted deep dive focus groups with State and National Teachers and of the Year and Finalists serving as teacher leaders to discover answers to these questions. This report concludes with specific policy recommendations for supporting teacher leadership in state and local contexts.

The report is the second in a series from a collaboration of nine leading organizations working to advance teaching and elevate the profession. Originally proposed by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) and led by NNSTOY and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) at American Institutes for Research, the study involves the following partner organizations, many of which contributed to this second report by assisting in the development of the focus group protocol, analysis of preliminary findings, and review of

the report:

  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
  • GTL Center
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
  • National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)
  • National Education Association (NEA)

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