Invest in Teacher Leadership

Invest in Teacher Leadership

On Wednesday, June 5, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) will host a panel discussion with educators and officials from across the country to highlight how leading organizations and schools are investing in teachers' development. Specifically, the conversation will explore how states, school districts and schools have systemically designed and invested in teacher leadership opportunities that equip educators to serve as instructional coaches and support for their schools, which research says can strengthen teaching and improve student learning.

The panel will also discuss a new report to be released from NIET about how school districts and federal and state policymakers can best invest funding into their teachers' development. With the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), districts and states have new flexibility and are taking a fresh look at how they are using funds to support improvements in professional learning, classroom instruction and student learning. NIET's new report, Investing in Teacher Leadership: A Better Way to Make Job-Embedded Professional Learning a Reality, will identify steps leaders can take to align funding and practices to strategic investments in school-based teacher leader roles and job-embedded learning.


  • Candice McQueen, CEO, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, former Tennessee Commissioner of Education
  • David Cleary, Chief of Staff for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander
  • Ryan Wise, Director of the Iowa Department of Education
  • Roberto Rodriguez, President and CEO, Teach Plus
  • Ross Wiener, Executive Director of the Education & Society Program, Aspen Institute
  • Robert Behning, State of Indiana House of Representatives
  • Pat Mapes, Superintendent of Perry Township Schools, Indiana
  • Christina Jamison, Teacher Leader, Grand Prairie High School, Texas
  • Sheena Washington, Teacher, International High School at Largo, Maryland


Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 10 a.m. ET


Dirksen Senate Office Building 430
50 Constitution Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002