The development and support of teacher leaders is a promising strategy for improving K-12 teaching and learning in all areas, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). However, there is room for data-informed improvement in these programs. For the U.S. Department of Education, PSA is partnering with SRI International to clarify the characteristics of STEM teacher leader programs, identify challenges and opportunities for the field, and facilitate activity that moves the field forward.
The project will produce reports that describe the characteristics of current teacher leader programs within and beyond the STEM subjects. In spring 2015, the team will convene approximately 90 leaders in teacher leadership—policymakers, researchers, program leaders, and practitioners—to define and advance strategies for improving STEM teacher leader programs. We will form Research Action Clusters (RACs) of community members to work collaboratively and serve as catalysts for addressing challenges in STEM teacher leader programs. The RACs will investigate practical issues in STEM teacher leadership, identify lessons for the field, and develop plans to improve programs for STEM teacher leaders.