Entrusting Professional Learning in the Hands of the Profession
The Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) is an innovative
professional learning network in California in which teacher
leaders collaborate and support their colleagues in developing
teaching strategies and practices aligned with new content
standards. Over more than 4 years, 100,000 teachers have been
served by the ILC, through conferences and trainings, with
overwhelmingly positive responses. The ILC changes the paradigm
for teacher learning from one dependent on outside consultants to
one that engages local professionals to lead ongoing learning
within their own districts—and, in many cases, in other schools
and districts in their regions.
This new brief describes how the ILC has changed the professional development landscape in four regions of California, offering lessons about how teacher-led learning can motivate shifts in practice, enhance teachers’ professionalism and efficacy, and create supportive systems and strategic relationships that can sustain change.