We know teachers learn best from one another, and with support, teachers have the capacity to lead their peers, share expertise, and inspire change that makes instruction impactful for all students.
The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning (CFTL), in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established the Teacher Practice Networks initiative to support organizations’ work toward this goal. We currently provide funding to thirteen organizations focused on advancing Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned practices through highly effective networks. Marrying deep content knowledge with innovative blended-learning approaches, these networks provide meaningful teacher-to-teacher learning centered around shared strategies to advance CCSS implementation:
- Developing a cadre of teacher leaders who can effectively lead other teachers in collaborative, professional learning.
- Providing teacher leaders with high-quality CCSS-aligned resources, digital tools and platforms, and social media training to allow sustained teacher learning.
- Strengthening existing partnerships with local/state/federal organizations to sustain teacher leadership development and scale network efforts through broader outreach.
These thirteen organizations are leaders in their field, addressing a breadth of content and pedagogical practices—English language learning, mathematics, social studies, science, literacy and inquiry-based learning—while reaching teachers and students in rural and urban areas from New York to Illinois to California. Focused on Common Core-aligned practices and materials, these organizations prepare teacher leaders to engage peers in teacher-to-teacher experiences through professional learning focused on improving pedagogical practices that prepare students to meet rigorous standards.
2016 – 2018 Cohort
2015 – 2017 Cohort