Rep. Susan Davis Introduces Bill to Expand Teacher Leadership Roles in Education Reform
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced legislation to elevate teachers into leadership roles in efforts to improve education. The Teach to Lead Act (H.R. 6464) would provide teachers with resources to develop projects to advance the teaching profession and improve student success.
“Teachers are uniquely positioned with their knowledge and expertise to address education needs and challenges,” said Rep. Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “It’s critical that teachers are not just part of efforts to improve our school; they should be leading those efforts. Teach to Lead will mean reforms and improvements begin at the grassroots level. ”
Federal funds would be made available in the form of grants to develop and implement teacher-led projects to improve teaching and student success in elementary and secondary schools.
Teach to Lead allows teachers to have a leadership role in reform but not require them to give up their place in the classroom. Studies have shown that many teachers are willing to take on these dual roles inside and outside of the classroom.
Teach to Lead is a program that already exists with support from the Department of Education. H.R. 6464 would expand its scope and impact.