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H.R. 3108: Teachers are Leaders Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 5, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3108

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 5, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Trone, Mr. Fleischmann, Ms. Underwood, and Mr. Grothman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL

To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for a teacher leader development program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Teachers are Leaders Act of 2019.

2.

Teacher leader development program

(a)

In general

Subsection (f) of section 202 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1022a) is amended to read as follows:

(f)

Teacher leader development program

(1)

In general

A teacher leader development program carried out with a grant awarded under this section shall involve the professional development of teachers, as described in paragraph (2), who maintain their roles as classroom teachers and who also carry out formalized leadership responsibilities to increase the academic achievement of students and promote data-driven instructional practices that address the demonstrated needs at the elementary schools and secondary schools in which the teachers are employed, such as—

(A)

development of curriculum and curricular resources;

(B)

facilitating the work of committees and teams;

(C)

family and community engagement;

(D)

school discipline and culture;

(E)

peer observations and coaching; or

(F)

dual enrollment instruction.

(2)

Professional development

The professional development of teachers in a teacher leader development program carried out with a grant awarded under this section shall include—

(A)

one year of professional development, training, and support that may—

(i)

include—

(I)

the engagement of teachers in rigorous coursework and fieldwork relevant to their role as a teacher leader, including available teacher leader standards; and

(II)

regular observations and professional support from—

(aa)

a principal, vice principal, or a designated instructional leader of the school;

(bb)

a representative from the institution of higher education that is a partner in the eligible partnership;

(cc)

a representative from another entity that is a partner in the eligible partnership; and

(dd)

another member of the teacher leader cohort, if applicable, or a peer teacher; and

(ii)

result in the awarding of a credential in teacher leadership; and

(B)

one or 2 additional years of support from a principal, vice principal, or a designated instructional leader of the school, a representative from the institution of higher education that is a partner in the eligible partnership, and a representative from another entity that is a partner in the eligible partnership.

(3)

Teacher leader development program plan

In carrying out a teacher leader development program under this section, an eligible partnership shall develop a plan that shall describe—

(A)

how the work hours of teacher leaders will be allocated between their classroom responsibilities and responsibilities as a teacher leader, which may include a description of whether the teacher leader will be relieved from teaching duties during their participation in the teacher leader development program;

(B)

how the partnership will support teacher leaders after the first year of professional development in the program; and

(C)

how teacher leader activities could be sustained by the eligible partnership after the program concludes, which may include a description of opportunities for the teacher leaders to assist in the educator preparation program at the institution of higher education in the partnership.

(4)

Selection of teacher leaders; use of funds

In carrying out a teacher leader development program under this section, an eligible partnership—

(A)

shall select a teacher for participation in the program—

(i)

who—

(I)

is fully certified to teach in the State of the high-need local educational agency that is a partner in the eligible partnership;

(II)

is employed by such high-need local educational agency;

(III)

has not less than 3 years of teaching experience; and

(IV)

submits an application for participation to the eligible partnership; and

(ii)

based on selection criteria that includes—

(I)

demonstration of strong content knowledge or a record of accomplishment in the field or subject area the teacher will support as a teacher leader; and

(II)

demonstration of attributes linked to effective teaching that is determined through interviews, observations, artifacts, student achievement, or performance assessments, such as those leading to an advanced credential;

(B)

may develop admissions goals and priorities for the teacher leader development program that—

(i)

are aligned with the demonstrated needs of the school or high-need local educational agency in which the teacher is employed;

(ii)

considers cultural competencies that would make the applicant effective in the applicant’s teacher leader role; and

(iii)

considers whether the teacher has substantial teaching experience in the school in which the teacher is employed or in a school that is similar to the school in which the teacher is employed;

(C)

shall use the grant funds to pay for costs of training and supporting teacher leaders for not less than 2 years and not more than 3 years;

(D)

may use the grant funds to pay for a portion of a stipend for teacher leaders if such grant funds are matched by additional non-Federal public or private funds as follows:

(i)

during each of the first and second years of the grant period, grant funds may pay not more than 50 percent of such stipend; and

(ii)

during the third year of the grant period, grant funds may pay not more than 33 percent of such stipend; and

(E)

may require teacher leaders to pay back the cost of attaining the credential described in paragraph (2)(A)(ii) if they do not complete their term of service in the teacher leader development program.

(5)

Teacher leader defined

In this subsection, the term teacher leader means a highly effective educator who carries out formalized leadership responsibilities based on the demonstrated needs of the elementary school or secondary school in which the teacher is employed, while maintaining a role as a classroom instructor who—

(A)

is trained in and practices teacher leadership; and

(B)

fosters a collaborative culture to—

(i)

support educator development, effectiveness, and student learning;

(ii)

support access and use research to improve practice and student learning;

(iii)

promote professional learning for continuous improvement;

(iv)

facilitate improvements in instruction and student learning; promote the appropriate use of assessments and data for school and district improvement;

(v)

improve outreach and collaboration with families and community;

(vi)

advance the profession by shaping and implementing policy; and

(vii)

advocate for increased access to great teaching and learning for all students.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

Section 202(c)(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1022a) is amended by striking leadership development program and inserting teacher leader development program.

(c)

Authorization of appropriations

Section 209 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1022h) is amended by striking for fiscal year 2009 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the two succeeding fiscal years and inserting for fiscal year 2019 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 5 succeeding fiscal years.