Instructional Leadership Corps

Project Dates: 
Summer 2014 – Summer 2020
Melissa Gilbert
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The Project:

The California Teachers Association (CTA), the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), and the National Board Resource Center (NBRC) have received grant funding to support an Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) of accomplished classroom teachers, site leaders, administrators and higher education professionals. The ILC provides professional development to assist California public school educators in the implementation of the California Standards for English Language Arts/English Language Development and Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 

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Latest News:

On April 17th SCOPE announced Phase Two of the Instructional Leadership Corps project (, a collaboration among SCOPE, the NBRC at Stanford, and the California Teachers Association. Phase Two will continue through June 2020.

To date, the ILC has served over 77,000 California educators. ILC members are California educators focused on improving educational outcomes by building instructional capacity for continuous improvement of instruction and school conditions required by the California Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. The primary goal of Phase Two is to expand and deepen partnerships to create and sustain self-supporting models of Educators Educating Educators.

To support Phase Two efforts, we are investing in Peer Support Providers, a role for experienced ILC members to provide learning support to their colleagues. A key addition in Phase Two is expansion of the ILC program into isolated regions, especially locations with few opportunities for learning with and from fellow educators. We are currently accepting applications from geographically isolated regions of California.

Details and link to apply here.

Indicators that the ILC is taking root:

  • Local community increases fiscal commitment to the work
  • Local stakeholders work together to meet professional learning needs of educators
  • Local community embraces and spreads the ILC work
  • Local community values ongoing teaching and learning
  • Local community values the knowledge and expertise of teachers/practitioners in facilitating professional learning
  • ILC members deepen their own professional knowledge and skills

Additional details about the Instructional Leadership Corps are available here.

ILC photos

Feedback From ILC Members & Professional Development Workshop Attendees:

“The opportunity to bring together teachers and administration to train was in itself a shift. To design processes to heal and build relationships among teachers with administration was definitely a highlight. To introduce the idea/concept of professional capital was a huge highlight.”
Administrator ILC Member

"[I learned] that ALL students are able to participate in academic discussions if given the opportunity. I realized that all students are learning academic language. I learned the importance of persistence and respect for the starting point of the strategy."
Workshop attendee (Topic: Productive Academic Talk) 

"That is PD at its finest when the teachers walk out both inspired and motivated to attempt to replicate what they saw...Kudos to ILC for empowering teachers to teach teachers...I've never walked away from consultant-based training with the same fervor or resolve."
Workshop attendee (Topic: Engineering Practices in Elementary School)

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