Extending the Reach

Schools can make the most of their great teachers and leaders by extending educators’ reach to more students. This approach can help create an “opportunity culture” for teachers in which they can collaborate, develop, and advance without leaving the classroom. Innovations in staffing models and career paths can make this approach possible. The Innovation Station’s resources for extending the reach include the following:

  • Innovation in Action, case studies highlighting what some districts and schools have tried—in compensation, new job models, and varied career paths for teachers and teacher-leaders.
  • Staffing innovations, such as publications, infographics, and videos that explain how schools can be redesigned to extend the reach of great teachers or how schools can offer more pay within budget.
  • Technology information, including websites about digital tools, technology use in schools, and blended learning.

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Innovation in Action


This policy brief, published by Transforming Education, explains the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) and lists policies to actively assess SEL competencies in schools.

This interactive tool by Education Trust provides data that can drive leaders to do better for all students, especially for students from low-income families, students of color, and English... Read more »

In this brief guide, the National Council on Teacher Quality highlights best practices from 34 state plans for ensuring compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act’s educator equity... Read more »

This guide, published by the Council for Exceptional Children in collaboration with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) and many partners,... Read more »

This Learning Forward report explores the benefits of supporting educators to effectively collaborate in professional learning communities (PLCs) and to use standards-aligned, high-quality... Read more »

This tool, created by the Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, compiles nearly fifty quantitative and qualitative instruments to evaluate educator professional learning communities (PLCs... Read more »

In this brief, Achieve outlines a state-by-state comparison of early warning indicator systems.

This Education Resource Strategies toolkit organizes resources that connect training and development to the work that teachers accomplish on a daily basis.

This report from the RAND Corporation reviews 60 social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions that meet Tier I-III evidence of effectiveness requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act and... Read more »

Teachers, district leaders, and school leaders can use these tools to determine their level of readiness for teacher leadership. 

Explore how states are addressing talent development policies for coaches, mentors, instructional specialists, and teacher leaders. 

This Aspen Institute report shares the research base that all learning and teaching is social and emotional, and that this should be integrated with academic instruction to improve individual... Read more »


This report investigates the competencies teachers need to succeed in a learner-centered or personalized learning school community.

This New America report explores Illinois’ approach to serving students who are English Language Learners (EL), looking at strengths and challenges related to these EL student outcomes and how the... Read more »

This Chiefs for Change report examines New Mexico’s state-led effort to develop an ecosystem of teacher leadership and advocacy initiatives that empowers teachers to effect school policies and... Read more »