At the request of the Barr Foundation, and with their support, Education First researched the teacher leadership landscape in Massachusetts.
The goals of this research were to:
- understand the breadth of existing programs and opportunities available to Massachusetts teacher leaders,
- identify where and how these opportunities link together to create pathways for teacher leaders, and
- pinpoint gaps in the current ecosystem.
Process: This research was informed by a review of the national research on teacher leadership, interviews with local and national leaders, and focus groups with Massachusetts leaders.
This document is a summary of that research, and includes one potential framework to think about pathways for teacher leaders. It does not represent a comprehensive view of every role and opportunity available to teacher leaders in Massachusetts, and captures only a snapshot in time. The tools in this document can be used in whatever ways are most helpful to those in the field.