On the path to strengthen teacher pipelines, support excellent teaching and improve retention, many states have developed opportunities for teacher leadership and advancement. While most states offer advanced licenses to encourage ongoing learning and growth within the teaching profession, many are now also including supports and incentives to encourage more teachers to become leaders in their classrooms, schools and communities. Though district and school leaders drive teacher development and career progressions, state policymakers are creating structures and incentives to support high-quality systems.
Education Commission of the States researched teacher leadership and licensure advancement policies in all states to provide three comprehensive resources:
- NEW! Data Visualization: Explore our data set through the interactive web interface below. Click on the questions for 50-State Comparisons showing how all states approach specific policies, current through September 2018. Click on a state for additional information, or CTRL and click to compare multiple states.
- 50-State Comparison: Click here to access 50-State Comparisons for each of seven data points, current through September 2018.
- State Profiles: Click here to view a specific state’s approach, current through September 2018.