In 1989, former President Bush and then Governor Clinton held the first education summit. Not one teacher was invited. In 1990, Teachers Network brought together 50 teacher leaders from across the country to draft the Teachers Vision of the Future of Education—A Challenge to the Nation.
Teachers Network Leadership Institute (TNLI) was established in 1996 by Teachers Network to improve student achievement by bringing the teachers' voice to education policymaking. TNLI MetLife Fellows—teachers with full-time classroom teaching responsibilities—used their experience and expertise in action research, cases, and 21st Century learning skills and tools to inform education policy. TNLI bridged policymakers and practitioners—from schoolhouse to statehouse—in order to improve student achievement.
Teachers Network Leadership Institute (TNLI) comprised hundreds of teachers from affiliates around the country. To get the word out, fellows joined influential task forces; gave presentations to school districts and school boards; participated in major conferences; served on local, state, and national education advisory councils; and published their research in education journals of note.