The Teacher Practice Networks initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was designed to accelerate the work of teacher networks as they supported their members in successfully implementing college readiness standards.
Since 2013 the Teacher Practice Networks provided funding to four different cohorts of organizations, 38 in total, advancing Common Core-aligned practices. The collective work of these organizations helped to reach more than one million teachers.
In the fall of 2016, The Center launched a fourth round of funding. The initiative’s goals included supporting organizations to:
- Develop teacher leaders to lead other teachers in collaborative, professional learning
- Provide teacher leaders with high-quality CCSS-aligned resources, digital tools and platforms, and social media training to allow sustained teacher learning
- Strengthen existing partnerships with local/state/federal organizations to sustain teacher leadership development and scale network efforts through broader outreach