Q. How were the summit locations chosen?
The locations were chosen based on multiple criteria including the prevalence of promising teacher leadership efforts in the area, broad support among area stakeholders for teacher leadership and ease of travel for other potential participants.
Q. Who is eligible to attend a summit? How does a teacher attend?
Teachers have the opportunity to submit their ideas via the Commit to Lead platform to be considered for recommendation to attend summits. Additionally, The U.S. Department of Education, ASCD, and the National Board will work closely with supporter organizations to send out invitations to attend regional teacher leadership summits in a variety of ways.
Q. How are participants selected?
Participants are selected by a panel of educators based on the teacher leadership ideas they have submitted via the Commit to Lead community. Although the crowdsourcing platform enables popular ideas to “rise to the top,” ideas are scored based on their merits, not on votes or comments received.
Q. Who will pay for expenses to attend the summit?
There will be no charge for the summit, but participants will be responsible for their travel expenses. We will work with participants to connect them with resources if they are unable to find funding for their attendance.
Q. What is the U.S. Department of Education’s role in these summits?
The U.S. Department of Education, ASCD and the National Board will provide a structure that will allow participants to develop their skills in program development and problem solving while also providing significant networking and exposure to potential resources. We are currently working with cities and states to identify facilities. We are also in the process of identifying supporter and other organizations to help fill any summit needs.
Q. Will there be more summits announced after these? If so, how can my state/district/organization be considered in the mix?
Based upon interest and available resources, there could be additional summits.