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Empowering Educators, Increasing Learning

CTA, The National Board Resource Center (NBRC) at Stanford University, and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) launched the Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) in 2014. The ILC grows the ability of local educators to enrich instruction and assessment practices in their schools, increase learning and create professional learning experiences for other educators. 

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The ILC gives teachers a renewed sense of collegiality, purpose and common mission that reaffirms their professional identity, keeps them engaged in their work, and gives them a sense of responsibility that extends well beyond their individual classrooms.

Linda Darling-Hammond, California State Board of Education President


Project Principles and Community Benefits


Use capacity to grow capacity

Engage in cross-role collaboration

Establish institutional partnerships

Develop knowledge and skills through a recursive and continuous approach

Cohere and align with local initiatives and funding sources

Community Benefits

Helps students learn

Tailored to local needs


Local educator led

Grows local capacity

Enables continuous improvement

Values and respects educators

Supports state goals

Innovative Professional Development by and for Educators

The project is currently deepening investments in existing communities and expanding into rural and geographically isolated sites to sustain partnerships that support our educator-led model of ongoing learning. We continue to support the ILC of accomplished public K–12 and higher education professionals. Goals of the program include: 

  1. Growing the capacity of ILC teams to sustain and embed ILC work in local learning communities 
  2. Creating and sustaining self-supporting models of Educators Educating Educators. Check out some of the work created by the ILC in their Tools for Practice. Members developed and shared these materials with colleagues in their local communities through educator-led professional learning sessions. Topics include:
  • Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy and the five elements of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 
  • Introduction to Ethnic Studies concepts and curriculum for the TK-12 classroom 
  • Do’s and don’ts to de-escalate anger in the classroom 

Since Fall 2014, the Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) project has served over 137,000 educators representing more than 2,000 California public schools in at least 504 districts.

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“It takes creativity, collaboration and hard work to impact students in a positive way. The ILC has created that environment by supporting deeper professional learning teacher to teacher.”

— E. Toby Boyd, CTA President

Featured ILC Members

Cinda Wert Rapp is a teacher at Vista Hills Education Center in the West Contra Costa Unified School District in Richmond, California. Cinda was featured in a KQED Perspectives story where she discussed how a devastating childhood injury has informed her long teaching career. 

Sherry Lanza is the director of districtwide programs in the Kernville Union School District in Lake Isabella, California. Sherry shared her expertise regarding ways central offices can best help schools, administrators, teachers, students, and families in an Education Week Teacher response for Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo.


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The ILC project has been made possible in part by grants from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, the National Education Association, the California Education Policy Fund (CEPF), and the Community Education Fund grant-making strategy of Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

For questions or more information, view ILC’s Contact List