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.
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
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:
- Growing the capacity of ILC teams to sustain and embed ILC work in local learning communities
- 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 120,000 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.
Important Reads About ILC
- CTA’s Instructional Leadership Corps Cultivates Teacher Leaders
- Professional Development: CTA Has You Covered
- Game-Changer: New Study Lauds CTA’s Instructional Leadership Corps
- CTA’s Instructional Leadership Corps Reaches Out to Rural Areas
- The ILC Report describes work happening in Madera Unified School District, The East Side Alliance and North Orange County/Fullerton. It discusses program design, impacts on teaching and learning and lessons learned.
Downloads: Report | Brief
- The Instructional Leadership Corps: Teachers Leading Sustainable Professional Learning in Their Communities
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- ILC media references
- ILC’s public collection on Collaboration in Common
- View current cohort and their grade-level and subject area expertise
- Participate in an upcoming ILC session
- Download the ILC Brochure
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