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NEA, CTQ and National Board Host Event on Advancing the Profession

TLI is an effort to recruit and support the next generation of teachers to advance student learning


WASHINGTON - November 02, 2015 -

The National Education Association (NEA), Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) held a Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI) event—Advancing the Profession: Examining the Outcomes of the TLI, today at the National Press Club.

“If educators don’t lead the profession, someone else will,” said NEA Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss. “TLI alumni are uniquely prepared for leadership roles both inside out outside the classroom. Positive change in education comes from the invaluable experience of educators working to advance student learning and enhance the profession.”

The Teacher Leadership Initiative is a joint endeavor of the National Education Association, Center for Teaching Quality and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The initiative, funded in part by the Ford Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is the result of the organizations’ shared vision of teachers leading the profession through a coherent movement which has at its core the expertise of teachers. The initiative is a comprehensive effort to recruit, prepare, activate, and support the next generation of teachers to lead a transformed teaching profession.

More than 50 teacher leaders from across the country participated in the event, moderated by USA Today writer Greg Toppo and Education Writers Association Executive Director Caroline Hendrie.

Nancy Barile, a National Board Certified Teacher and English language arts teacher at Revere High School in Revere, Massachusetts, is a current TLI participant. As part of the required field-based leadership project, Barile developed the capstone project Transforming the Educational Experience of Young Men of Color (YMOC) at Revere High School. The project’s goal is to explore ways in which educators at the school can ensure that YMOC at Revere High will have culturally responsive support and safety nets through graduation. Barile also wants to uncover ways that YMOC could can experience more academic rigor in schools, take Advanced Placement classes, and pursue two- and four-year college degrees.

“The TLI experience has encouraged and supported my growth as an educator and as a teacher-leader,” Barile said. “I won’t know how successful this project is until several years from now, but I am confident that it has already helped our students – and it will continue to do so as more teachers and counselors become educated on the issues facing young men of color today.”

Barile’s project was one of numerous unique and successful ones across the country sponsored by TLI. More examples and testimonials of success stories can be found on the TLI website, www.teacherleadershipinitiative.org

“NEA is committed to helping teachers find their voice and the TLI has proved to be one way to do this,” said Moss. “This initiative will prepare and support the next generation of our profession’s leaders – a generation of educators that will help ensure all our students succeed.”

For more information on TLI visit www.teacherleadershipinitiative.org

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The National Education Association (www.nea.org) is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing nearly 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

The Center for Teaching Quality (@teachingquality) is a national nonprofit that connects, readies, and mobilizes teacher leaders to transform K-12 schools and the teaching profession. Much of CTQ's work takes place in the Collaboratory, a virtual community open to teachers and all who value them as leaders.

The mission of the National Board (www.nbpts.org) is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading, and engaging National Board Certified Teachers and leaders in that process.

CONTACT: Celeste Busser  (202) 822-7259, cfbusser@nea.org