This exclusive online-only story package explores the growing interest in the issue of teacher leadership, highlighting programs and initiatives designed to help teachers advance in their careers and exert more influence in schools.

Master teacher Vicki Cabra, left, leads a professional development lesson for her teacher "cluster" at North DeSoto Middle School in Stonewall, La.
—Val Horvath Davidson for Education Week.

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October 17, 2012 A Louisiana school is having success with a professional-development system that helps teachers grow, including financially, in their careers.
October 17, 2012 In a Q&A with Teacher, Rebecca Mieliwocki, the 2012 National Teacher of the Year, discusses the role of teacher leaders and outlines her vision for advancing the profession.
October 17, 2012 At a time of competing pressures around teacher evaluation and career development, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is retooling itself in an effort to increase its influence in the field.
October 17, 2012 Degree programs in teacher leadership have emerged in recent years in response to an increasing number of teachers who are looking to advance in their careers without leaving the classroom.
October 17, 2012 As part of a far-reaching effort to create a statewide teacher-advancement model, the Iowa Department of Education released an extensive proposal to create new career paths and differentiated compensation for educators.
October 17, 2012 The concept of teacher leadership is in a perilous transition phase, where the right structures or mind-sets aren't always in place to support the roles educators expect, writes teacher Ariel Sacks.
October 3, 2012 Taking small steps toward greater transparency and outreach could help improve the teaching profession's standing, according to a panel of accomplished educators.

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