PRISM has incorporated a Lead Teacher concept as the centerpiece of its efforts to improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics. Lead teachers felt that they were doing "important work." A representative assertion by one lead teacher suggested that being "a PRISM lead teacher provides and opportunity for teacher[s] to grow and develop academically and socially." The key to the success of developing effective PRISM teacher leaders has been the opportunities for leadership training through the Lead Teacher Academies and the multi-level support provided to them.
Although there are no data currently to suggest a direct or causal link between lead teacher work and improved student learning, achievement scores have increased in PRISM schools. For example:
Using the leadership abilities of teachers to support reform in teaching science and mathematics can be successful with training and support. What we have learned about enhancing the skills of teacher leaders has been incorporated into the new PRISM Teacher Leader Program.