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Professional Networking

Use the following resources to build out your professional network as an educator. Click each headline to visit the organization’s website.

Center for Success in High-Needs Schools

The Center for Success in High-Need Schools convenes colleges and universities to prepare talented and diverse teachers and leaders for P-12 schools and classrooms, especially those serving Illinois low-income and minority students. The Center believes that providing these schools with excellent teachers and leaders can help close the achievement gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers. Every summer, the Center offers a Summer Institute with a special strand of workshops on Teacher Leadership. During the Summer Institute, the Illinois Teacher Leader Congress is convened.

Center for Teaching Quality

The work we do at CTQ helps unite educators within and beyond a singular school system. From research that helps inform innovative best practices and personalized teacher education, to connecting and growing communities, CTQ’s work is changing the way educators think about, talk about, and provide education around the globe.

Division K of the American Educational Research Association

Section 2:  Teacher Leadership Within and Beyond the Classroom

Division K focuses on research on teaching and on teacher development and education from preservice through professional induction to the in-service stages of teachers’ careers.

Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership

The Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership is dedicated to improving the learning of all students, elevating the education profession, enhancing the leadership skills of teachers, and fulfilling the vital role of public education in achieving a civil, prosperous and democratic society. The commitment to the concept of developing teacher leaders, to defining what teacher leadership is and why it is so important is at the heart of the institute.

Illinois Teacher Leader Network (ITLN)

The Illinois Teacher Leadership Network began in May 2015 as a result of ILSTOY working with the U.S. Department of Education Teach to Lead Initiative to convene 40 Illinois and national leaders to focus on teacher leadership in Illinois. These 21 Illinois educational organizations gave ILSTOY the charge to facilitate the work of developing a sustainable culture of teacher leadership in Illinois.

Learning Forward

Learning Forward shows you how to plan, implement, and measure high-quality professional learning so you and your team can achieve success with your system, your school, and your students. We are the only professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development. We help our members leverage the power of professional learning to affect positive and lasting change.


Teach Plus’ programs are designed to engage and support teacher leaders in transforming the system to best serve minority students and students of color. Since our founding in 2009, Teach Plus has grown from 16 teachers to a network of more than 26,000 solutions-oriented teachers nationwide.

Teacher Leadership Institute

The Teacher Leadership Institute (TLI) is a comprehensive effort to recruit, prepare, activate and support the next generation of teachers to lead a transformed teaching profession. Increasingly, teachers are seeking new opportunities to advance their careers and the profession by taking on new leadership roles. Teachers will play more consequential roles in shaping the policies and practices that govern teaching and learning.

Teacher Leader Congress at AERA

Annually the Teacher Leader Congress meets during the meeting of the American Education Research Association to network researchers, teachers, union representatives, school administrators, and teachers. This international congress is housed virtually on the Teacher Leadership Research Community Site.


On March 15, 2014, at the inaugural Teaching & Learning conference, Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced a new initiative to spur teacher leadership that will be co-convened with the National Board. The initiative, called Teach to Lead, seeks to catalyze fundamental changes in the culture of schools and the culture of teaching so that teachers play a more central role in transforming teaching and learning, and in the development of policies that affect their work.

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