A 2013 MetLife survey found that 25 percent of teachers were interested in a role combining teaching and some sort of leadership position. In smart cities of the future, teachers may increasingly serve in hybrid roles, teaching in the classroom half the time and devoting the rest of the day to activities such as researching teaching methods, coaching teacher candidates, or working with district administrators on community outreach programs.
Acknowledging the need for alternate career paths for teachers some schools and education, related organizations are responding by creating a “teacher leadership” career path. The National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education (NAATE), for instance, has created a program for teachers to develop their skills and also keep them in the classroom. The program has a 60:40 split, by focusing 60 percent of the time on instructional practice and 40 percent on work outside the classroom with colleagues.