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Teacher Leadership in Massachusetts: Roles, Opportunities and Gaps

Jan 31, 2020

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.