Does the state provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders?

Teacher Leadership and Licensure Advancement

Does the state provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders?

October 2018


Overview
Twenty-four states offer formal supports and/or incentives for teacher leaders. Examples of state-level supports include: financial incentives; reduced workloads; participation in state advisory committees; professional development catered to teacher leaders.

Note: Though commonly provided, incentives for National Board certification are not included in this data collection.
 

Does the state provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders? Citations
Alabama Yes. Most individuals who earn an education specialist degree to meet teacher leader requirements earn a pay increase. Source
Alaska No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Arizona No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Arkansas Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in Teacher Leadership Institutes.
  • Participation in the Teacher Leadership Advisory Group.
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California Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Financial incentives.
Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 13004
Colorado No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Connecticut Yes. The state supports opportunities for training in teacher leadership through the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council and NNSTOY. Source
Delaware No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
District of Columbia Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in the Leadership Initiative for Teachers (LIFT) career ladder.
  • Participation in Teacher Leadership Innovation (TLI) Teacher Leader Roles.
  • Financial incentives.

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Florida No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Georgia Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in Teacher Leadership Institutes.
  • Financial incentives (district decision).
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Hawaii No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.

Idaho No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Illinois Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in the Illinois Teacher Leadership Network
  • Participation in the Illinois Teach to Lead Summit
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Indiana Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in the Career Pathways and Mentorship Program.
  • Financial incentives.
Ind. Code Ann. § 20-20-42.2-4
Iowa Yes. The state provides opportunities through the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System including:
  • Promoting collaboration across the state.
  • Financial incentives.
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Kansas No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Kentucky Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Financial incentives for teachers who increase their certification rank.
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 161.1211 (West)

Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.070 (West)
Louisiana Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in the Teacher Leaders program.
  • Participation as a Department of Education Teacher Leader Advisor.
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Maine Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in the Teach to Lead Initiative, which aims to promote and expand teacher leadership across the state.
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Maryland No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Massachusetts No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders. Source
Michigan Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in the Teacher Leadership Advisory Council.
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Minnesota Yes. The state supports districts in determining opportunities for:
  • Financial incentives.
  • Additional contract days.
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Mississippi No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Missouri Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in the Teacher Academy and the Teacher Academy Graduate Program.
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Montana No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Nebraska No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Nevada Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in the Teacher Leader in Residence Opportunity.
  • Funding for leadership training and development through the Great Teaching and Leading Fund.
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New Hampshire No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
New Jersey Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in the Teacher Leader Endorsement Advisory Board.

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New Mexico Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in the Secretary of Education's Teacher Advisory group.
  • Teacher leaders to act as New Mexico Teacher Leader Network State Ambassadors.
  • Teacher leaders to act as New Mexico Teacher Leader School Liaisons.
  • Participation in the Teacher Leader Summit.
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New York No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
North Carolina No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
North Dakota No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Ohio No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Oklahoma Yes. Districts can apply to the Department to participate in the Empowering Teachers to Lead framework (or a comparable teacher career path framework) which provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in a career ladder with the following stages: Initial, Career, Model, Mentor and Lead.
  • Extended contract days for leadership training for Model, Mentor and Lead Teachers.
  • Financial incentives for Model, Mentor and Lead Teachers.
  • Reduced teaching loads for Mentor and Lead Teachers.
Subject to the appropriation of funds or availability of federal funds, districts can apply for grant funding to design and implement the framework.

Note: In 2018, the state legislature created two new levels of teaching certificates: 1) Lead Teaching Certificate and, 2) Master Teaching certificate. The certificates will be granted to teachers to assume teacher leadership roles. For the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, the department will identify school districts to implement the certificates on a pilot program basis. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, the department will make the certificates available to any person who has received a recommendation from their local board of education and who meets the eiligibility criteria. Teachers who obtain Lead and Master Teaching certificates will be eligible for:
  • Extended contract days for leadership training.
  • Financial incentives.
  • Reduced teaching loads.
Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 6-302 (West)

Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 6-190 (West), S.B. 980 (2018)
Oregon No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Pennsylvania No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Rhode Island No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
South Carolina Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in the Foundations in School Leadership Program.
  • Participation in the collective leadership framework pilot.
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South Dakota No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Tennessee Yes. The state provides opportunities through the Tennessee Teacher Leader Network, which:
  • Aligns teacher leadership with existing evaluation systems.
  • Promotes the work of teacher leaders across the state.
  • Allows districts to create teacher leader models and roles that fit their needs.
  • Provides professional development and ongoing training.
  • Creates specific teacher leader roles.
  • Provides a stipend to eligible teacher leaders.

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Texas No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Utah Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Financial incentives.
  • Reduction in classroom workload.
Utah Admin. Code r. R277-513
Vermont No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Virginia No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Washington Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Participation in the Washington State Fellows Network to assist with state standards implementation.
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West Virginia No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.
Wisconsin Yes. The state provides opportunities for:
  • Teacher leadership project grants.
  • Participation in an annual teacher leadership summit.
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Wyoming No. The state does not provide formal supports or incentives to teacher leaders.

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